Learners read about and view a real bridge that collapsed. They examine the fundamentals of building a solid and safe bridge and then construct their own bridge model using rolled newspaper and tape.
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Stable and Unstable Structures
Students consider ways to create stable bridges. In this bridge design lesson, students view pictures of bridges that have collapsed. They use the information to work in small groups creating a blueprint for a bridge of their own. Their...
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering
Harmonic Motion: Pendulum Lab
Several times throughout history, groups of soldiers marching in rhythm across a suspension bridge have caused it to collapse. Scholars experiment with pendulums, resonance, and force to determine why this would happen. First, pupils...
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Pachyderms, Pennies, and Pasta
Hook scholars with the story of P.T. Barnum's 19th-century elephant march across the Brooklyn Bridge to test its safety (could there be another purpose to his famous parade?). For younger pupils, read April Jones' book 21 Elephants and...
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts