Truss Bridges Lesson for Kids: Facts & Design


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What shape can withstand the most force?

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1. Where are the stringers located in a truss bridge?

2. Why are the initial building costs for a truss bridge lower than other kinds of bridges?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet set quickly tests your knowledge of truss bridges. See if you know how they are designed and built, and which truss bridge is the world's longest.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer these questions to make sure you understand:

  • The strongest shape in engineering
  • Why truss bridges are less expensive to build than other bridges
  • The location of the stringers on a truss bridge

Skills Practiced

  • Reading awareness - make sure you know the most important information from the material, such as what shape has the greatest ability to sustain forces
  • Critical thinking - apply what you know to examine information about truss bridge construction in a different way
  • Remembering details - remember what you've learned about the longest truss bridge in the world
  • Learning practice - use what you know to answer questions about the reason truss bridges are inexpensive to build and at the same time considered to be expensive bridges

Additional Learning

If you are still curious about this type of bridge, read the lesson titled Truss Bridges Lesson for Kids: Facts & Design. This lesson covers:

  • The different types of bracing used in truss bridges
  • Other downsides to using truss bridges
  • The types of forces bridges must resist