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“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 gets to work with a computer-based bridge design simulator. It presents the same design considerations bridge engineers must address, namely the trade-offs between function, form and cost.

Discover the flow of forces in an arch bridge built outdoors and then unravel the genius of Leonardo DaVinci with one of his designs.

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 morning of the fifth and final day, we conduct a mini engineering fair to which family and friends are invited. The highlight of the fair is a demonstration of bridge testing. Everyone’s model bridge is load tested to see how efficient it is. What’s more, your child reports 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 through actual case studies and historical accounts.

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

Program leaders

Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.

What, where, when & how much

Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA   This session ran the week of July 17 – 21. Stay tuned for mid-year events and sessions during school breaks. Sign up on the homepage to fuel your child’s interest in applied science. And check out:
Summer Rocket Blast Off at the Gann Academy July 31 – August 4
Catapult Engineering at the Gann Academy August 7 – 11

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● week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. programs
● optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $45/session and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $90/session
● optional lunch $55/session
● limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds
● Register any two or more sessions & save $25.00 on each one!

Watertown NY

Jefferson Community College (JCC), Watertown NY $350 half-day

 Scholarships are available. Call 315-486-2289 to apply for one.

● August 14-18
● week-long Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon program
● limited to 14 children, ages 10 to 14, with case by case exceptions for 9 year-olds

Call (315) 786-2233 to register for JCC!

 Their office is open Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..