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STEAM Unit: Building Bridges

STEAM Unit: Building Bridges
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Description

This activity is a quick engineering challenge that your students will love! It can be completed in a single session with minimal materials. Students will learn and discuss bridge basics, before designing and testing a simple platform bridge, which they will construct out of a single sheet of paper. 
This activity has attached worksheets, which you can use with your students to consolidate what they have learned and reflect on their design choices. 
There are also additional bridge-building activities available on Teach This, which you can combine to create an amazing STEM block. 
 

Suitable for
  • Relief Teachers
  • Parents
Lesson Structure
  • Individual Activity
  • Class Activity
Curriculum Codes

AC9MFM01 9

Identify and compare attributes of objects and events, including length, capacity, mass and duration, using direct comparisons and communicating reasoning

AC9M1M01 9

Compare directly and indirectly and order objects and events using attributes of length, mass, capacity and duration, communicating reasoning

AC9M1M02 9

Measure the length of shapes and objects using informal units, recognising that units need to be uniform and used end-to-end

AC9M3M01 9

Identify which metric units are used to measure everyday items; use measurements of familiar items and known units to make estimates

AC9M3M02 9

Measure and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, mass and capacity, and instruments with labelled markings

AC9M4M01 9

Interpret unmarked and partial units when measuring and comparing attributes of length, mass, capacity, duration and temperature, using scaled and digital instruments and appropriate units

AC9M5N06 9

Solve problems involving multiplication of larger numbers by one- or two-digit numbers, choosing efficient calculation strategies and using digital tools where appropriate; check the reasonableness of answers

AC9M5M01 9

Choose appropriate metric units when measuring the length, mass and capacity of objects; use smaller units or a combination of units to obtain a more accurate measure

AC9TDEFK01 9

Explore how familiar products, services and environments are designed by people

AC9TDE2K01 9

Identify how familiar products, services and environments are designed and produced by people to meet personal or local community needs and sustainability

AC9TDE2P03 9

Evaluate the success of design ideas and solutions based on personal preferences and including sustainability

AC9TDEFP01 9

Generate, communicate and evaluate design ideas, and use materials, equipment and steps to safely make a solution for a purpose

AC9TDE2P01 9

Generate and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing or modelling, including using digital tools

AC9TDE2P02 9

Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions

AC9TDE4K01 9

Examine design and technologies occupations and factors including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs

AC9TDE4P01 9

Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and test materials, components, tools, equipment and processes needed to create designed solutions

AC9TDE4P04 9

Use given or co-developed design criteria including sustainability to evaluate design ideas and solutions

AC9TDE6K01 9

Explain how people in design and technologies occupations consider competing factors including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments

ACMMG006 8.4

Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language

ACMMG019 8.4

Measure and compare the lengths and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units

ACMMG061 8.4

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, mass and capacity

ACMMG084 8.4

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures

ACMNA100 8.4

Solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies

ACMMG108 8.4

Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass

ACTDEK001 8.4

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs

ACTDEP005 8.4

Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions

ACTDEP006 8.4

Generate, develop and record design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling

ACTDEP007 8.4

Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions

ACTDEP008 8.4

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

ACTDEK010 8.4

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs

ACTDEP014 8.4

Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to produce designed solutions

ACTDEP017 8.4

Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment

ACTDEK019 8.4

Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use

MAe-1WM old

Describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials and informal recordings

MAe-3WM old

Uses concrete materials and/or pictorial representations to support conclusions

MAe-9MG old

Describes and compares lengths and distances using everyday language

MAe-11MG old

Describes and compares the capacities of containers and the volumes of objects or substances using everyday language

MAe-12MG old

Describes and compares the masses of objects using everyday language

MA1-1WM old

Describes mathematical situations and methods using everyday and some mathematical language, actions, materials, diagrams and symbols

MA1-3WM old

Supports conclusions by explaining or demonstrating how answers were obtained

MA1-9MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates lengths and distances using uniform informal units, metres and centimetres

MA1-11MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates volumes and capacities using uniform informal units

MA2-1WM old

Uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas

MA2-2WM old

Selects and uses appropriate mental or written strategies, or technology, to solve problems

MA2-3WM old

Checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used

MA2-9MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates lengths, distances and perimeters in metres, centimetres and millimetres, and measures, compares and records temperatures

MA2-11MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates volumes and capacities using litres, millilitres and cubic centimetres

MA2-12MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA2-10MG old

Measures, records, compares and estimates areas using square centimetres and square metres

MA3-1WM old

Describes and represents mathematical situations in a variety of ways using mathematical terminology and some conventions

MA3-2WM old

Selects and applies appropriate problem- solving strategies, including the use of digital technologies, in undertaking investigations

MA3-3WM old

Gives a valid reason for supporting one possible solution over another

MA3-6NA old

Selects and applies appropriate strategies for multiplication and division, and applies the order of operations to calculations involving more than one operation

MA3-9MG old

Selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure lengths and distances, calculates perimeters, and converts between units of length

MA3-10MG old

Selects and uses the appropriate unit to calculate areas, including areas of squares, rectangles and triangles

MA3-11MG old

Selects and uses the appropriate unit to estimate, measure and calculate volumes and capacities, and converts between units of capacity

MA3-12MG old

Selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure the masses of objects, and converts between units of mass

STe-1WS-S old

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas

STe-2DP-T old

Develops solutions to an identified need

ST1-1WS-S old

Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas

ST1-2DP-T old

Uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST1-9PW-ST old

Investigates how forces and energy are used in products

ST1-7MW-T old

Describes how the properties of materials determine their use

ST2-1WS-S old

Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST2-2DP-T old

Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST2-7MW-T old

Investigates the suitability of natural and processed materials for a range of purposes

ST2-5LW-T old

Describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter

ST2-3DP-T old

Defines problems, describes and follows algorithms to develop solutions

ST2-11DI-T old

Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data

ST3-1WS-S old

Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions

ST3-2DP-T old

Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

MAE-GM-02 new

Describes and compares lengths

MAE-GM-03 new

Identifies half the length and the halfway point

MAE-3DS-01 new

Manipulates, describes and sorts three-dimensional objects

MAE-3DS-02 new

Describes and compares volumes

MAE-NSM-01 new

Describes and compares the masses of objects

MA1-NSM-01 new

Measures, records, compares and estimates the masses of objects using uniform informal units

MA1-3DS-02 new

Measures, records, compares and estimates internal volumes (capacities) and volumes using uniform informal units

MA1-GM-02 new

Measures, records, compares and estimates lengths and distances using uniform informal units, as well as metres and centimetres

MA1-NSM-02 new

Describes, compares and orders durations of events, and reads half- and quarter-hour time

MA1-GM-03 new

Creates and recognises halves, quarters and eighths as part measures of a whole length

MA2-PF-01 new

Represents and compares halves, quarters, thirds and fifths as lengths on a number line and their related fractions formed by halving (eighths, sixths and tenths)

MA2-GM-01 new

Uses grid maps and directional language to locate positions and follow routes

MA2-GM-02 new

Measures and estimates lengths in metres, centimetres and millimetres

MA2-GM-03 new

Identifies angles and classifies them by comparing to a right angle

MA2-2DS-01 new

Compares two-dimensional shapes and describes their features

MA2-2DS-02 new

Performs transformations by combining and splitting two-dimensional shapes

MA2-2DS-03 new

Estimates, measures and compares areas using square centimetres and square metres

MA2-3DS-01 new

Makes and sketches models and nets of three-dimensional objects including prisms and pyramids

MA2-3DS-02 new

Estimates, measures and compares capacities (internal volumes) using litres, millilitres and volumes using cubic centimetres

MA2-NSM-01 new

Estimates, measures and compares the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA2-NSM-02 new

Estimates, measures and compares the masses of objects using kilograms and grams

MA3-RN-01 new

Applies an understanding of place value and the role of zero to represent the properties of numbers

MA3-RN-02 new

Compares and orders decimals up to 3 decimal places

MA3-RN-03 new

Determines percentages of quantities, and finds equivalent fractions and decimals for benchmark percentage values

MA3-AR-01 new

Selects and applies appropriate strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems

MA3-MR-01 new

Selects and applies appropriate strategies to solve multiplication and division problems

MA3-MR-02 new

Constructs and completes number sentences involving multiplicative relations, applying the order of operations to calculations

MA3-GM-02 new

Selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure lengths and distances including perimeters

MA3-3DS-02 new

Selects and uses the appropriate unit to estimate, measure and calculate volumes and capacities

MA3-NSM-01 new

Selects and uses the appropriate unit and device to measure the masses of objects

VCMMG078

Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language

VCMMG095

Measure and compare the lengths, masses and capacities of pairs of objects using uniform informal units

VCMMG140

Measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units of length, area, mass and capacity

VCMMG165

Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths, masses, capacities and temperatures

VCMMG166

Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume

VCMNA183

Solve problems involving multiplication of large numbers by one- or two-digit numbers using efficient mental, written strategies and appropriate digital technologies

VCMMG195

Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass

VCDSTS013

Identify how people create familiar designed solutions and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs

VCDSCD018

Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions

VCDSCD019

Visualise, generate, and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling

VCDSCD020

Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to produce designed solutions safely

VCDSCD021

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment

VCDSTS023

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability, that impact on the design of solutions to meet community needs

VCDSCD028

Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to create designed solutions

VCDSCD031

Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment and communities

VCDSTS033

Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability, in the design of solutions for current and future use

Differentiation

Modifications

There are worksheets suggested for lower, middle and upper primary as a part of this activity pack. Chose the one that best suits your students’ ability level.