Students 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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Cushioning Collisions (Computer Analysis)
Did you know the car bumper is specifically designed to save the car and not the passengers in case of an accident? Young scientists use a computer, a force probe, and a sonic ranger to experiment with external cushioning on cars.
7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Paper Suspension Bridges: You Want Me To Go Up There?
A few class periods will be required to complete this physics investigation with your high schoolers. There is an unavailable video written into the lesson plan, but there is plenty of material here to bridge the gap. Two terrific...
9th - 12th Science
Stable and Unstable Structures
Students consider ways to create stable bridges. For 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
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