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Learning Labs

engineering

Engineering Design: Building Bridges

Extend learning with these resources.

Pre- and post-visit activities

Dynamic Skyscrapers (PDF)
Design, build and test model skyscrapers as you learn about forces that affect real skyscrapers.

Straw Bridges (PDF)
Work in teams to design, build and test model bridges as you determine how shape affects the strength of structures.

Additional resources

PBS: Building Big
www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/

American Society of Civil Engineers: Kids, Parents, Teachers
www.asce.org/pre-college_outreach/

Historical Bridges of Cook County
www.historicbridges.org/b_c_il_cook.htm

Discover Design
www.discoverdesign.org/

Bridge Building Contest
bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu/

Museum connections

Fast Forward: Inventing the Future

Career connections

American Society of Civil Engineers: Career Paths in Civil Engineering