STEM Skills Challenge- Gumdrop Bridge

Employers today are looking for students who have learned how to think and how to problem-solve.  With the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we are getting closer to making that a reality, but so many states and districts are still focused on standardized testing (which- surprise-  did not make the list of qualities that employers are looking for in qualified candidates.)

This series focuses on those skills as well as the other “soft-skills” that aren’t necessarily spelled our in the curriculum, but make students well-rounded problem solvers.

This week’s challenge is the Gumdrop Bridge.  In  this challenge, students work in teams to design and build a bridge that will span a specific distance.  Sounds like a pretty easy challenge, but as students start experimenting with their materials, they will find that there is more there than beats the eye.

This fun little challenge encourages students to work on team building, collaboration and communication skills- more of those soft skills- that help students become successful in a workplace environment.

Get the STEM Skills Bundle Pack with 10 Design Challenges including the Gumdrop Bridge Engineering Challenge!