Bridges, Bots and Buildings

August 25, 2020

Buildings and bridges have a lot in common. But Bots? Discover the connections between these structures with this activity from the 3M Tinkering Hub. 

Amazeum Tinkering Lead Alicia Jones introduces an activity that builds creative problem-solving skills and connects architecture, engineering, and technology. 

Materials | Supplies

  • cardboard, corrugate or recycled packaging
  • paper clips
  • tape
  • glue
  • hot glue
  • scissors or cutting tool


  • batteries
  • LEDs
  • wire

Concepts Explored

  • architecture
  • engineering
  • technology
  • building
  • creativity
  • upcycling
  • problem-solving

Discovery Starters

Are there some shapes that are more stable or strong than others?

Why is a good base important for a bridge or building? What about a bot? 

Can you imagine a combination of these elements?

What is the most challenging of building with these materials?

Explore Further

Look at how things are constructed in the real world, how can you build your bridge, bot or building using the same techniques?

Use your imagination to build a bridgebot or buildingbot. 

How can you incorporate technology into your bridge, building or bot? 


Additional Resources

SciShow Kids video What Makes Bridges so Strong? 

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