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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D & T

Spaghetti Bridge – STEM activity

Building a bridge from spaghetti

Working in teams, participants have 45 minutes and 15 pieces of spaghetti to build a bridge. How to make a bridge? Teamwork with spaghetti! After this time, the structures are put to the test to see which is the strongest by hanging an increasing load from each bridge until it fails.

Bridges are structures that are designed to support a load, such as the cars and lorries that need to cross above a river. The structure of a bridge has a significant affect upon its strength and its stiffness. A bridge made from square shapes can be made significantly more rigid and less likely to collapse by adding reinforcement to form triangles. This principle is widely used in civil engineering.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

This activity could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone design and technology or maths activity, as a focused task to develop skills in the use of the glue gun, or as part of a structures project investigating bridges. This hands-on STEM playing and learning resource is science and maths for KS2. 

Tools/resources required

  • 1-2 packets of spaghetti
  • Glue guns (one per team)


  • Baseboards or A3/A4 pieces of cardboard for use as baseboards when using glue guns

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