Victorian Day: Following in the footsteps of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Spaghetti bridge challenge with Mr King.

Lesson: Design and technology

Class: Mrs Kitchin - Class 1 Year: 2020 - 2021

What a fantastic effort from everybody.

We talked about how, during the Victorian era, Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an engineer who built many bridges that are still used today. 

Then we looked at some specific bridge designs and how they distribute weight effectively.

Children were set the challenge of being able to support a 200g or 400g weight by making a bridge that could span a 15cm gap using a maximum of 30 strands of spaghetti.  The lightest bridges would be declared the winner in the event of a tie break. 

Most of the bridges were able to span a 15cm gap and support a weight of 200g. Some of the best designs managed to support the full 400g without breaking. Well done everybody, Isambard would be proud of you! 

The overall winner was a bridge designed by Abby Agnew and Livvy Richardson that weighed just 14g and supported the full 400g weight.

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