Young scholars 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 plan, 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....
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering
New Review STEM Challenges and Activity Sheets for Grades 6–8
From 3-D cities to building bridges, young engineers engage in innovative STEM challenges that promote brainstorming and collaboration. Learners take on the roles of different types of engineers as well as become familiar...
6th - 8th Science
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
New Review The Tacoma Narrows Fallacy
Prove your textbook wrong! A detailed video lesson debunks a traditional explanation for the collapse of a bridge in Tacoma in the 1940s. The narrator outlines why resonance is not the culprit and explains the concept of aeroelastic...
2 mins 9th - Higher Ed Science
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