Build A Bridge - DuPage Children's Museum | STEM Labs

Build A Bridge

Students will learn about Iggy Peck, the architect, one of the beloved characters from Andrea Beaty’s Questioneers book series. They will then help Iggy’s class solve a problem by planning, building, and testing their own bridge design.

 

Student Challenge:

Explore the idea of the Engineering Design Cycle by being introduced to various real life engineers from around the world. Engage in the Engineering Design Cycle by designing and testing a bridge that helps Iggy Peck’s elementary school class get off an island and back to school.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Make observations of bridge designs to explain how the different structures provide stability and strength. 
  • Design a bridge that can withstand various forces and serve as a solution to a specific problem.

 

NGSS Connections:

Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) – PS2.A: Forces and Motion

Science & Engineering Practices (SEP) – Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Crosscutting Concepts (CCC) – Structure and Function

 

Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • NGSS Engineering Standards – ETS.1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
  • Common Core Math – MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others 
  • Social Emotional Learning – 2A: Recognize the feelings and perspectives of others / 2C: Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others

 

Materials:

DCM Educators will bring out an Iggy Peck Bridge Testing Site, modeled after the scene in Andrea Beaty’s book, Iggy Peck Architect. Each student will receive individual materials to create a bridge design that meets specific specifications. (Virtual engagement still includes individual student materials).

 

More Information

Duration

1 session, 90 minutes

 

Format

Grades K – 3: In-person or Virtual

 

Additional Questions?

Email Us: edbookings@dupagechildrensmuseum.org

Cost per Classroom (up to 30 students)

  • Virtual – $350
  • In-Person
    • At DCM* – $350
    • In Your Classroom – $450
      (additional cost for schools greater than 20 miles from DCM)

* Include a Field Trip with your Arts & STEM with DCM Lab!
An additional $8.50 per student

 

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