The heat did not deter children from learning how to build bridges last week.


The heat did not deter children from learning how to build bridges last week.

Angela Beddingfield hosted a Civil Engineering course for first-third graders and fourth-sixth graders to learn engineering terms and build various bridge designs.

“We have built cantilevers, which has supports only on one side,” Beddingfield said. “So, they’ve taken straws and paperclips to see how far away from the table they can build a bridge. We’ve built popsicle-stick bridges, and we’ve done experiments with toothpicks and gumdrops building trusses.”

Between the two sessions, which went from July 11-16 and July 18-22, she said she had around 40 children in attendance.

“I had one boy tell me yesterday, ‘This is the favorite camp I’ve ever been to,’” Beddingfield said. “Then another lady asked, ‘Are you doing more?’ I think the kids really like the hands on. It’s not sitting at a desk, they’re building things.”

On both Fridays, children finished their bridges and put them on display for their parents to see.

Beddingfield said that another course like this may be possible in the future.

“If the library would like to, then I would probably have another class like this in the future,” she said.