Forces and Structures STEM Challenge: Newspaper Bridge Activity



This Newspaper Bridge STEM Challenge is the perfect, week-long, end-of-year activity to keep your students engaged! All of the work is done for you.

This download includes content, a detailed lesson plan, visual instructions, a web quest, follow-up supplementals, and a grading rubric.

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Students will learn about engineering and architecture STEM career as they learn about bridges and plan their own designs. The ultimate goal is to build the strongest bridge in the classroom using only newspaper and masking tape.

Set a budget or add imaginary prices for supplies to keep supply use limited. Otherwise, they will go nuts with tape!

This project has the ability to last an entire week if not more.

STEM Challenge Contents


  • Color and B&W versions
  • Covers engineering and architecture careers and their roles
  • Presents information in an engaging visual format

Guided Notes

  • Students can actively take notes while learning
  • Effective Doodle Note style
  • Great for interactive notebooks

Types of Bridges Infographic

  • Illustrates six common types of bridges
  • Both color and B&W

Types of Bridges Web Quest

  • Students research the advantages and disadvantages of each type of bridge
  • Gets them to gather information and research before participating in the STEM challenge
  • Both color and B&W

STEM Challenge Visual Instructions

  • Instructions for the challenge in a written and visual format
  • This makes the information accessible to a wide range of learners and keeps them engaged!
  • Both color and B&W

Follow-up Questions

  • Post STEM Challenge questions to bring the fun back to the content
  • Inspires students to reflect on the activity

Grading Options

  • Answer keys for supplementals
  • Rubric for the bridge project itself

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