Bridges make for great STEM projects and while there are many ideas available on bridge making activities for students there are few compilations of the various types of bridges for students to read and learn about. The San Francisco Bay has much more to offer in bridge building facts than it's iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Inside you will find:
Brief overview of the geography of San Francisco Bay
List of bridges of San Francisco Bay Area (including Carquinez Strait)
Seven additional reading passages that have:
-brief overview of the engineering of different types of bridges
-brief history of each of the bridges in the Bay Area.
-photographs of San Francisco bridges
-A "Take it Further" section with inquiry/research activities for students
Includes a section on why and how bridges change over time by retrofitting or rebuilding.
List of places to visit near each bridge that could be used for students to create travel brochures.
Types of bridges include steel box girder, concrete trestle, suspension, cantilever truss, concrete segment, and combination bridges.
Try STEM: Bridges of San Francisco Bay to teach engineering in a NGSS classroom.
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