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STEM Activity – Building Strong Bridges

Rachael Yunis|February 21, 2017

STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities for children are engaging and spark exploration and imagination. It’s fun to watch children take a STEM activity beyond its initial scope and make new discoveries on their own.

In this bridge-building STEM activity, your student is challenged to take the experiment further.  The age range for this activity is PreK through 6th or 7th. Your youngest engineers will enjoy adding weight to the bridge and older students will understand the scientific explanation of what is happening.

See the free printable here for an explanation and discussion questions. Watch the video here. (Links also appear below.)All you need for this simple STEM activity are plastic cups, paper, construction paper, and coins. Take it further with different weights of paper and varying coins.

Watch the video below, then print a copy of the FREE printable here.
Link to the activity video.

Print the STEM activity sheets.

This week is National Engineers Week. Bring engineering fun into your homeschool science with this easy and engaging STEM activity! Join us on our Facebook page and share photos of your child’s bridge.

Rachael Yunis is the Director of Apologia Science. She has advanced degrees in molecular genetics/developmental biology and biomedical ethics, over ten years of experience in molecular genetic research, and publications in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. Rachael is co-author of the Apologia textbook, Advanced Biology, 2nd edition: The Human Body, and creator of Apologia’s Field Trip Journal. She has worked as an ethicist and science writer for the American Medical Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other national publications such as Association News. She has been a volunteer member of local hospital ethics committees, is a speaker on science, ethics, and homeschooling topics, is an on-call foster parent to infants waiting to be adopted into their forever families, and works globally to support orphaned children. Together with her husband, Sam, a PhD. in mechanical and aerospace engineering and NASA engineer, they have always homeschooled their children and been active in their Virginia homeschool community. Their oldest two now attend Virginia Tech, pursuing degrees in astrophysics and AI computer science.

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