Where science ends, art begins.”
How many bears can cross your bridge? Are you looking to implement Science, technology, engineering, art, and math, also known as STEAM, in your classroom? This activity might be just the ticket. You probably already have all the supplies necessary.
Our counting bears were stranded on islands separated by a deep ocean trench populated by kraken, sharks, and mermaids. They needed help to connect their islands and make peace with their ocean neighbors. The bears could only find popsicle sticks, clothespins, masking tape, and string. Would they be able to bridge the islands without falling into the dangerous waters? Would their bridge be functional as well as beautiful? The mysterious creatures of the deep agreed to let the bears safely cross the bridges if they showed innovative and aesthetically pleasing design. Would the bears be able to make peace and connect their islands?
We divided the class in small groups of about five students and they went to work. The kids came up with many different bridge designs and safety features for bears. Some bears were wearing safety harnesses in case they fell. They considered how the sea creatures would feel about the bridges and what designs would be most appreciated.
We are glad to report that all bridges held and the bears are now able to visit each other without danger! The bears and the magical creatures of the deep have learned to live in harmony and peace. Team STEAM has come to the rescue again!