Civil Engineering STEM Lesson Plan: build a weatherproof bridge!

Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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8 pages
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In this activity, students work as civil engineers to design and build a 'weatherproof' bridge. Students then compare results and make connections to the field of civil engineering. The activity supports NGSS MS-ESS2-5, as well as science and engineering practices. Purchase includes:

1. 90 minute in-person lesson plan written in 5E format

2. simple exit ticket assessment

3. student worksheet pack to scaffold through all lesson components including data table template, career profile, video notes section, and exit ticket response sheet

4. access to corresponding civil engineer career exploration resources including virtual job shadow youtube video, fun career focused activity, and downloadable career information sheet (in English and Spanish)

This resource works best with in-person learning.

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions. Emphasis is on how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure, causing weather (defined by temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and wind) at a fixed location to change over time, and how sudden changes in weather can result when different air masses collide. Emphasis is on how weather can be predicted within probabilistic ranges. Examples of data can be provided to students (such as weather maps, diagrams, and visualizations) or obtained through laboratory experiments (such as with condensation). Assessment does not include recalling the names of cloud types or weather symbols used on weather maps or the reported diagrams from weather stations.


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