Learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges, and hands-on activities presented by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Gumdrop Dome: Build a dome using gumdrops and toothpicks. Then, test how much weight your dome can support.
- Topple-A-Tug: Design your own boat made out of aluminum foil and see how many pennies it can hold without sinking.
- Paper Bridge: Build a bridge using paper, wooden blocks and paper clips. Then see how much weight it can hold before it collapses.
- Paper Tower: Design and build a tower at least 10 inches high using index cards and paper clips. See if your tower can withstand a weight placed on top. Hint: You can fold the index cards into any shape you want to increase their strength.
- Truss Bridge: Using West Point Bridge Designer software, design the least expensive truss bridge that will pass a simulated load test.
- Jenga: Build the tallest possible tower of blocks before the tower falls over.
- Dowels: Build structures with wooden dowel rods.
- Rockwell Blocks: Use large blue foam blocks and wheels to build your own unique structure.
All activities are free with NYSCI admission.