As part of Science Week at Michael Faraday, Year 6 have been building bridges! Following on from our recent trip to Tower Bridge, we set the pupils their very own bridge challenge. Working in small groups, we spent a morning session planning, building and then testing the strength of our bridges. The aim was to build a bridge out of paper that could support a heavy weight.
Year 6 learnt that a triangle is the strongest form of structure for a bridge. This is because the weight is distributed equally amongst all three points of the triangle. We have seen how architects call this type of structure a truss bridge. The standard of Year 6 bridges was extremely high. You can watch a video of the bridges being built above.