Structural Engineering: Building Better Bridges – Rescheduled

bridgesStructural Engineering: Building Better Bridges (middle and high school) Grades 6+

Description: Structural Engineering: Building Better Bridges (recommended for middle school)
Find out just how strong a piece of paper can be, bridge distances you’d never think possible, and see the simple geometry at the root of the longest bridges in the world in this active workshop on structural engineering. Students learn how structures stand up and work in teams to design and build bridges using recycled materials. Examples from architecture and engineering developed at MIT deepen students’ appreciation of the structures all around us. I need a minimum of 15 students to run this class.

Chaperon Policy: Only 3 parents can attend this class as chaperons, (and we need to have 3), if you wish to chaperon this class please post in the facebook group here. If you feel you need to be in the classroom with your child please let me know so I can make sure this happens for you.

Date:  I have rescheduled this class for Thursday April 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 4:00

Location:   MIT Museum -Building N51   265 Massachusetts Avenue   Cambridge, MA 02139

Price: $15.00 + $0.79  paypal fees.

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We currently have 0 seats available in this class.

Travel Tips: Parking options, you may reserve parking beforehand to know you have a spot for $22. The lot nearby is $22 but small and not guaranteed. Also available is metered parking which is obviously first come first serve. I have been told that you will be ticketed if you park at a meter for more than two hours, after two hours you need to change spaces.

Age: This activity is appropriate for grades 6-10, the MIT museum does not teach classes to children before 6th grade. Children are expected to have skills equivalent to this grade level.

Additional Activities: I have scheduled a Laser Mazes class at the Edgerton Center earlier this same day from 10:00 am -1:00 pm the same day as this class. You can sign up for that class here.

Wondering who else is going? Join the discussion on our facebook group here


  1. This would be an excellent idea for kids that want to be engineers to come and try to develop a better bridge. I know some industries will do this and try to have their future workers in that field find an answer. I think it is fun because it helps the kids to actually build something.

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