Bridge Crossing Conundrum

Activity Time:

30 minutes
Can your students use critical thinking and trust to solve this logic puzzle? They will, in small groups, leverage their knowledge of numbers, time, patterns, and shapes to get everyone safely across a narrow, weathered bridge at night with the restraints of time and resources in play.

Key Topics

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Respect

Relevant Principles

  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Sound Judgment
  • Win-Win Focus

Real-World Concepts

  • Comparative Advantage
  • Contribution Motivation
  • Trial and Error (Failure)

Materials Needed

  • “Torch” (Flashight, Paper Towel Tube, etc.)
  • Masking Tape (for making bridge)
  • Group/Student Handout
  • (Empowered Currency or Bonds)
You’ll start by laying out the challenge: 4 people (who walk at various paces) come to a small bridge over a river at night. With just 1 torch, they must all safely cross within 15 minutes. Can they make it across? They’ll improve their problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and practical math skills in the attempt.