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Can you cross the ‘River Da Vinci’?

ACTIVITY SCENARIO

Imagine you need to build a bridge so that people can cross a river easily.

Can you do it?

AGE: 11-18

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You are in a remote location with only lengths of timber to use.

You have no rope or materials to fix the timber together.

The bridge you make must be self-supporting in every way.

Da Vinci

INTRODUCTION AND INSPIRATION:

Leonardo da Vinci designed a bridge around 500 years ago! It is still used today to make a great many structures as well as bridges. The design is clever because it is self-supporting; this means that no fixtures or fittings are needed to hold the frame together - the added load and gravity hold it together! Can you make one?

What you'll need

A bundle of wooden lolly sticks (18 as a minimum) but as soon as you get the hang of it, you'll wish you had more!

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Questions to think about

How could you see this structure being used in the real world? Could you think of another use for this structure, other than a bridge?

ACTIVITY REFLECTION

What went well? What didn’t go so well? What would you do differently next time?

We’d love to see the outcome of your design – send pictures to outreach@tedi-london.ac.uk