This STEAM & STEM project gives a real-life scenario from an urban city where a bridge collapse occurred, following a fire. Students are challenged to test 3 different solid figure columns, triangular prism, rectangular prism, and cylinder, in order to make a recommendation as to which type of supports the new bridge should have.
Students will draw a diagram of their recommended bridge design after testing the 3 supports, and recording their data.
Students will write a letter to the governor explaining which column they suggest, and providing advice based on what they discovered during testing.
Students will use their knowledge of solid figures to compare and contrast 3D shapes using double and triple Venn-Diagrams.
Science Passage: Why Are Cylinders Strong?
This passage has 3 levels of difficulty. Students will learn why cylinders are used as columns. A connection to Greek Architecture is included in the more difficult version.
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