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  • Nursery (Small and Big Stones): 114
  • Attenborough: 112
  • Anning: 145
  • Pankhurst: 82
  • Parks: 109
  • Gahdhi: 143
  • Goodall: 147
  • Montessori: 158
  • Frank: 168
  • Kahlo: 107
  • Obama: 167
  • Senna: 175
  • Pele: 120
  • Darwin: 121

Building Bridges

Engineering Connection

Structural engineering is one of the oldest engineering disciplines. Through this introduction to engineering activity, students gain an understanding of some of the challenges faced by engineers whose designs must protect public safety, such as bridges like the Golden Gate Bridge that thousands of people depend upon every day. Students experience the engineering design process to achieve effective designs, creating and testing prototype bridges to failure. They also experience the use of scale models in engineering to study how the forces and loads acting on bridges (or any structures) can result in damage. Also like real-world engineers, students analyze their bridge designs by calculating strength-to-weight ratios as a measure of structural efficiency.

Activity

Your challenge is to construct a free standing bridge. Choose a type of bridge to build - how much weight will it be able to hold?

Class Dojo
  • Nursery (Small and Big Stones): 114
  • Attenborough: 112
  • Anning: 145
  • Pankhurst: 82
  • Parks: 109
  • Gahdhi: 143
  • Goodall: 147
  • Montessori: 158
  • Frank: 168
  • Kahlo: 107
  • Obama: 167
  • Senna: 175
  • Pele: 120
  • Darwin: 121
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