Aligned to the Michigan GLCES for 7th Grade, students will participate in a bridge building activity that goes through the 6 steps of the scientific method. The goal of the activity is for students to build a bridge that will be the strongest out of 100 toothpicks and Elmer's Glue.
Step One - Students will create questions that get them thinking about what type of bridge will be the strongest.
Step Two - Students will learn how to research and use a research recorder to research the different types of bridges. Students will also write a paragraph that includes the type of bridge the student thinks will be the best choice and three reasons based on research.
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Step Three - Students will learn how to complete if...then... statements and create their own hypothesis.
Step Four - Students will create a blueprint using their ideas that their group created. Students will build their bridge using the blueprint and test their bridge.
Step Five - Students will analyze the different data of the class.
Step Six - Students will write a report of the activity.