Bridge Building and Design Games

Cargo Bridge Fun little animated game with a physics engine that requires you to design a bridge with a limited budget in various scenarios. You get points for the amount of money you have left after completing a successful bridge. NOVA Build a Bridge Classic game from that has you pick the right bridge … Read more

February 2017 Bridge Building Contest

Contest is complete Congratulations to Peter for submitting the winning design, at $189,049.56. Join in the fun with our new model bridge contest series. Your submission could win a $50 Amazon gift card. More than that, you can learn more about how bridges work with this unique software program. This contest uses the Bridge Designer … Read more

Bridge Types

What is a bridge? A bridge could be anything as simple as a log laying across a creek. Or as sophisticated as the Golden Gate Bridge. A bridge is just something that helps us cross an obstacle, whether that be a river, ocean, swamp, canyon, or highway. At the most basic level, there are three types of bridges: Beam, Arch, and Suspension.

Balsa Wood

Balsa wood is unique from all other woods. Its properties make it valuable to bridge builders, wood carvers, surfers, and many others. Bridge builders have to be careful, however, when using Balsa. You can’t simply pick up two pieces of Balsa with the same dimensions and expect them to perform the same.

ASL Bridges Class, Feb, 2012

The Arizona Science Lab presents information on types of beams used for building bridges. They show the huge difference in resistance to bending between a flat beam and an I Beam. Then different types of truss designs are shown and explained. Afterwords the students are given supplies to build their own bridges, and this video … Read more