Show Me the Money

Class members learn how to estimate the total costs involved to design and build a bridge by including design, material, equipment, and labor costs. The activity includes a discussion about the trade-off between cost and aesthetics.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Update the materials and labor costs to be more reflective of current costs
  • Contact your local county or state Department of Transportation to get data about costs of bridges in your area
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should have knowledge of bridges types and parts
  • The ninth in a series of 10 resources

  • The worksheets come as a Word document, so you can easily make changes
  • The resource has two lesson extension activities 

  • The lesson does not provide a clear, engaging instructional strategy