Science Challenge Bridges The Gap Between Students

Rigel House members from Cleethorpes Academy, who won the Inter-House Science Challenge to build a single span bridge in 30 minutes. This bridge was capable of hiding 7 kilos in weight.


Cleethorpes Academy students rose to the challenge when they took on the task of planning and building a single span bridge - like the Humber Bridge - in just 30 minutes.

The Inter-House challenge pitted all ages against each other, with teams made up of 10 students, with two from each year group.

The groups had only straws, paper, string and sellotape to work with and their bridges had to be 60cm long. The bridge that could hold the greatest weight won the challenge.

Rigel House built the most sustainable bridge, which took more than 7 kilos in weight before collapsing. They were closely followed by Sirius House.

Janice Hornby, Principal of Cleethorpes Academy, said: "This was an engrossing Science challenge, which the students rose to immediately. You could see them working closely together and really thinking about what to make and how to make it sustainable. It was a very exciting afternoon for everyone, and I think the students not only learned a lot scientifically, but enjoyed working together too."


The winning bridge is put to the weight test!


Students get to grips with the challenge.

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