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Bridge Building 101

Can your truss arrangement stand the test of time?

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  • Placing a book over a student made wooden stick bridge to test it\'s strength
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A fun and practical STEM workshop!

This programme offers students a chance to design and build their own bridges using hot glue guns and ice cream sticks. Specific content covers the differences between truss arrangements and how they influence bridge strength.

What forces act within a bridge and how do engineers compensate for them within modern designs?
Find out when you put your design to the test!


What schools are saying about our science shows & workshops
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Activities related to real life experiences. Well prepared and friendly presenter.

Bowral Public School


Australian Curriculum and NSW K to 10 Syllabus Links

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems (ACSIS086).
  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect people's lives (ACSHE083).

NSW Science Syllabus Content

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bridge building using hot glue guns and paddle pop stickls


  • Appropriate for Years 5 to 6 with a maximum of 30 students per class
  • If you wish this to be run for years 3 to 4 we will use masking tape instead of hot glue guns
  • 6 Tables arranged in groups of 4 near a power point
  • Access to at least 2 electrical power sockets (preference for 3 or 4)
  • Chairs are required
  • Duration 90 minutes, set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 45 minutes
On booking please be advised that hot glue guns are used throughout this workshop. 
Appropriate safety precautions and instructions are provided. All care is taken however we do not take responsibility for injuries caused by misuse of our equipment.


  • $450 inc. GST per 90 minute workshop.
  • In a regional area? Find out how we can attend your school as part of a country science tour!
Call 1300 856 828, or use this form to enquire or make a booking for your primary school. 

We don't charge per student as we know that this causes an additional administrative load on your school office. Most schools tend to fill the science workshops & shows based on our recommended maximum number of students. If you have any questions please contact us.

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1300 856 828

Unit 10/55 Fourth Ave
Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia
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