Bridges

Bridges Run Slideshow

From basic footbridges made out of fallen tree trunks to the high and mighty Golden Gate, bridges can take all kinds of wonderful and strange forms – some of which don’t even look like bridges! The longest, widest, and tallest bridges in the world are featured in this issue, along with some elementary technical info for kids curious about how bridges are built. First, they’ll learn about the three main types – beam, arch, and suspension — and how they work, and then they’ll also check out some interesting variations, such as movable, seesaw, covered, and cable-stayed bridges (including the most famous one, the Alamillo Bridge in Spain, which looks like a harp).

Following that, a comprehensive of history of bridges, for kids, highlights a 1,400-year-old Chinese one, as well as a Roman aqueduct dating from 19 B.C.. A fascinating section on how the Brooklyn Bridge was built in the late 1800s should give kids some sense of just how arduous and expensive it is to put up these massive structures. Next, kids will see how bridges have also inspired a number of hit songs, books, paintings, and films – like the famous flick Bridge on the River Kwai – which explore both the literal and symbolic meaning of bridges. For kids thinking that engineering might be for them, this issue also shows them that design and construction is not just about crunching numbers – it takes artistry, too!

  • Kids Discover is a wonderful resource for teaching nonfiction genre!

    Kelly Z.

  • This is such a fantastic magazine!! My son loves it and I recommend it to everyone with kids!!

    Robin C.

  • My kids LOVE the magazine - has been a great start point on research for papers and science fair projects!

    Gail V.

  • I love the Kids Discover magazines. I've gotten them from the very beginning and always have ways to use them in my classroom.

    Marcella E.

  • My son counts the days until the next issue arrives! He is so curious about everything and these magazines give him such rich content to enjoy. Thank you!

    Carolyn P.

  • I know it says it's for kids, but everyone loves it!

    Charlotte K.

  • Kids Discover magazines have been an indispensable tool for me. They have amazing text features with colorful illustrations and photos and very well written articles.

    Susannah S.

  • Even with 7th graders, I use the magazines since the illustrations are superb!

    Joie N.

  • My daughter has been reading your magazines for over five years, she devours the issues when they arrive!!

    Susan G.

  • I truly enjoy the activities and the wonderful resources. Thanks!

    Samone C.