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The Physics of Bridges

The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
The Physics of Bridges
Product Description
The “Physics of Bridges” project utilizes research skills, MS Word, and Sketchup (free CAD software download) to allow students to build skills in those programs along with skills in Internet research, reading, writing and critical thinking. In these projects, students research information about bridge design and the physics behind them. They create a scale model drawing of a bridge using Sketchup (CAD) and then brainstorm with their team to determine the best design to build from specific provided materials that they “purchase” using a set budget with the goal of building the most attractive, strongest bridge for the least cost. They utilize the software simulation “West Point Bridge Designer” (free download) to assist them in their learning. Finally, they reflect on their learning and the dynamics of their team to complete the project.

The project was created for grades 7-8 but could easily be adapted for younger or older students.

Files Included with this Lesson
• Teacher Notes and Resources
• Bridge Project Overview & Expectations
• Bridge Questions and Vocabulary (includes teacher key)
• Bridge Research project
• WestPoint Bridge Designer Project Instructions and Expectations
• Bridge Building Challenge Expectations (includes Sketchup/CAD assignment)
• Materials Planning & Price Sheet
• Construction Evaluation Sheet
• Material Control Sheet
• Written Reflection Assignment (MS Word or other word processing)
• 3 Customizable Certificates for Challenge Winners

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Total Pages
19 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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