Physics and Astronomy


Golden Arches
Objective To build the strongest bridge possible to span one metre using newspaper.
Purpose To demonstrate the basics of bridge building design
Participants Any number of teams of 2 - 5 people.
Materials 1 newspaper, 25 small paper clips, 3 jumbo paper clips paper glue, staples, stapler and scissors.
  • The bridge should span the gap between two tables 1 metre apart and no part should sag below the level of the supporting table.
  • The mass will be applied at the centre of the span.
  • The bridge may not be fastened to any structure.
  • Procedure
  • The participants receive the material and have one hour to build the bridge.
  • No pre-assembly is permitted and the only tools allowed are the stapler and scissors.
  • At the end of the hour, bridges will be tested.
  • Judging The winning bridge shall be the one capable of supporting the greatest mass. In the event of a tie, the lightest bridge wins.
    Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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