As part of Summer at the Museums, Cambridge University's Engineering Department hosts a series of engineering activities for families at Cambridge Museum of Technology throughout August 2016.

Can you build a strong bridge from only paper and masking tape?

Guided by Maria Kettle (Outreach Officer at Cambridge University Engineering Department) participants follow the design challenge to build paper bridges strong enough to hang buckets filled with tinned beans!

The heaviest load carried to date? On 10 August 2016, a bridge carried 13.4Kg . Can you build a stronger bridge? Find out how to participate.

About Summer at the Museums

Summer at the Museums is delivered by the University of Cambridge Museums as part of its Arts Council funded Major Partner Museum programme. Pack more into your summer and join museums and collections in Cambridge and beyond for family activities, events and trails throughout the school holidays.

The Summer at the Museum’s What’s On guide provides day-by-day listings and details about what’s happening and where.

Provide your Feedback to Enter Draw for £50 Retail Voucher!

Summer at the Museums organisers are keen to find out what you think of your Summer at the Museums experience. Feedback from families is very important in helping us improve our offer and we would be very grateful if you could spare time to complete an online survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete: all completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw with a chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher.

About University of Cambridge Department of Engineering Outreach

We are passionate about Engineering. We want to raise awareness of the diversity of Engineering as a profession. What can we offer you?

  • Tours of the Department of Engineering
  • Hands-on activities for families, schools and community groups
  • public lectures
  • residential events

All events are challenging, stimulating and fun!

Contact the outreach officer to find out more about our work and how it can help you:

  • Web:
  • Email:

Photos and videos

Gordon Davies