School Programs 2018-2019

Bridge builders

Program Description

In this hands-on workshop, students experience the life of an engineer as they design a bridge that can withstand the forces acting upon it. Students discover the properties of materials, as well as how they respond to forces when they are arranged in various configurations. Working with their peers, they then transfer this knowledge as they design and build a bridge prototype just as an engineer would. Finally, the bridges are tested in our bridge crusher to evaluate their efficiency when comparing strength and weight.

Curriculum Links

Grade 5 Science and Technology – Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms Elementary
Cycle 3
Science and Technology – Material World
(Forces and Motion)
Grade 7 Science and Technology – Form and Function Secondary
Cycle 1
Science and Technology – The Technological World

Please see the following document for more detailed curriculum links: Ontario  Québec (PDF, 200 KB)

Teacher Resources

Before and after your museum visit, consult these activities – specially designed to extend learning in the classroom!

*Curriculum-linked scavenger hunt activity. Please download and print the activity booklets before your visit to the museum.

Teacher Tips

Make name tags to help the museum educator build rapport with students. Students may bring a lunch or purchase one from the museum’s café.

Teachers may preview the museum free of charge at any time, by presenting proof of their teaching status at the admission desk.

Consider familiarizing your group with our site by downloading a PDF document and PowerPoint presentation available below.


$9 per student.
A minimum fee of $135 will be charged per group.


To reserve this program, please complete the online reservation request form.

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