Bridge Building

“Bridge building is a magnificent example of the practical and everyday use of science.”
David Blockley -Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol

What we do at Bridge Building!

Using engineering principals, each child engineers, builds and load tests an efficient, balsa wood and/or basswood model bridge that satisfies certain design criteria. Starting with a simple beam your child is introduced to engineering basics.

Outside we build wood trusses and combine them into a working bridge!

“Bridge Building was awesome. It’s all I could talk about when I got home.”
– Noah S., age 9

Inside your child designs and builds their own balsa and/or basswood truss-type model bridge. And while the glue dries she/he can tinker with different structural systems using a build kit.

Games and team challenges are used every day to break things up (no pun there) and keep it fun. Your child goes home happy.

On the fifth and final day, bridges are load tested. And it does not end there because everyone gets to report on the performance of their bridge.

Throughout Bridge Building, engineering conduct and ethics are taught and observed. We also draw on real-life engineering challenges.

“Bridge Building was a great experience and introduction to engineering.
– Renée Powlin, parent

What, where, when & how much

This is a week-long, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, day program with extended care from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.. Limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds. Call (315) 773-5673 for more information.

Locations, availability, dates and pricing

Program leaders

Your lead instructor is chosen from a selection of local scientists, engineers and under graduate engineers. They are accompanied by at least one trained assistant, carefully chosen for their ability to engage the young engineer in your family!