“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 three different bridges: a truss bridge spanning 4 meters, a suspension bridge (inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge) spanning 8 meters between the towers and an arch bridge spanning some 6 meters. These are all team building projects that reveal, through building, how these bridges work.
“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, modeling timeless stone structures 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
Your lead instructor is engineer, John Aviste. Student to instructor ratio of 7:1 or less.
What, where, when, how much & registration
Boston -Metro West MA
Regis College, Weston MA ● July 8-12 ● $655 Early Bird Pricing (regularly $695)
● Week-long Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. program
● Optional extended care 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $40 per session and/or 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $90 per session
● Optional gourmet bagel sandwich lunch, including a fresh side, gourmet cookie & drink $65 per session
● Limited to 14 children, rising 5th to 9th grade