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Can You Build A Bridge Using Only Pennies?


An easy way to keep students focused during this time is to encourage them to create and explore through STEM! Grab some pennies and let's build a bridge. 

For this challenge, students must construct a bridge using only pennies. Are you up for the challenge? Can you build a bridge using only pennies?

What you need per group...

  • 45 Pennies
  • Timer

    What you need to do...

    • Start by breaking students up into groups of two or three.
    • Tell students that the objective of this challenge is to build a bridge using all 45 pennies and in the shortest time possible.
    • Give each group of students 45 pennies.
    • Tell students that they get five minutes to brainstorm in their groups how they can build a bridge out of all 45 pennies.
    • When the 5 minutes is up have the groups get ready to start the challenge.
    • Once all groups are ready, set a timer and see which group can build a bridge out of 45 pennies the fastest.
    • A fun way to make this harder for older students is to set constraints about how wide the bridge must be.

    ​We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media!

    Happy Making,

    Maker Maven

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