Bridge Constructor has its limits, but it could be fun to use as a project-based learning tool. As part of a physics unit, kids could work in small groups on such structural engineering projects as building an earthquake-proof building. Set aside some time during the planning stages of the project for kids to play Bridge Constructor in small groups, then come together as a class and discuss which strategies worked and which failed.Continue reading Show less
Kids are given the task of rebuilding bridges that were destroyed during a storm, using such materials as wood, steel, concrete pillars, and cables. The first level starts with just wood, and more materials are unlocked as kids complete additional levels. As kids drag materials from point to point to build a bridge, they must stay within a given budget. When construction is complete, they put their efforts to the test by driving a car across the bridge (trucks earn extra points). If the vehicle crosses successfully, kids earn points and move to the next level; if the vehicle crashes, they can try again. In this free version of the game, there are eight levels, full-screen ads pop up often, and kids have to pay to access reliable hints. Forty levels are available in the paid, ad-free version.
Bridge Constructor is a fun concept that can teach kids how to solve problems through trial and error. The game has educational intent, and kids with some background in physics or structural engineering could apply what they know and challenge themselves with this puzzler. Without instructional guidance and useful hints, however, many kids will be lost and unable to make the connection between building bridges and applying physics content. The game, therefore, is best for kids who have prior knowledge and want to put their engineering skills to the test.
Key Standards Supported
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.