Build A Bridge Competition

MSF2016 Build a Bridge CompetitionTo celebrate Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Design and Architecture we invite you to build a bridge… from paper!

Load it with 2 pence pieces to show how strong it is. Build it yourself, with your family, at School, or with any group you like, and enter a photograph via your library, or email us. We will invite the those which look the strongest to a load testing final special event!

Full instructions are given below but are also available as a download or from your local library.

Hand in to your local library, or email entries to by Saturday the 17th Oct.

Don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details.


Click to download your poster




Categories Available:

0-4 years , 5-8 years, 9-12 years and Group Entry


build a bridge materialsMaterials:

  • A4 size 80g printer paper x 4
  • 1 metre regular sticky tape
  • 2p coins
  • books or boxes that, when stacked, are at least 5cm high
  • A4 size printer paper x 1 to make river



  • lay the single sheet of paper on a flat surface
  • build a bridge instructionsplace your books/boxes on either side of the long edges of your river
  • use your four pieces of paper and tape to make a bridge that reaches across the river. Remember: you must not tape or fasten your bridge to the river banks and it must not touch the water
  • to test how strong your bridge is put a 2p piece on it and keep adding 2p’s until just before the bridge collapses – take a photo!
  • don’t forget to tell us your information (see above), if your entry is for a group or an individual and how many 2p’s your bridge can hold
  • check out your local bridges for inspiration – which shapes will you use?