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Popsicle Stick Bridges
Popsicle Stick Bridges are a fun way to teach kids about civil engineers. A general introduction to engineers along with a guide to making gumdrop bridges and be found in my Gumdrop Bridges post (http://kansasenginerd.hubpages.com/hub/Gumdrop-Bridges). Typically we do the gumdrop bridges with 1st and 2nd grader and popsicle stick bridges with 3rd and 4th grade but feel free to do either of these activities with your children or students at any age as long as you are supervising.
Below is a "lesson plan" that will explain the project and guide the student through the process of completing an engineering project. This activity can be done in a group or individually.
Although it is more dangerous, a hot glue gun is the best way to build the popsicle stick bridge due to how quick it sets up.