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Toothpick Bridge -- Geometry & Engineering STEM - 21st Century Math Project

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Homeschool
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12 pages
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Description

This 21st Century Math Project is an awesome opportunity to integrate subjects in an Geometry classroom. Hands-on STEM based learning for hands-on student. Along using basic algebra, measurement and geometry skills, students will engage in an engineering design process just like the pros.

In this 12 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use in collecting data and an optional follow-up inquiry. ***THIS PRODUCT HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A GOOGLE SLIDES INTERACTIVE VERSION INCLUDED. REDOWNLOAD IF YOU HAVE IT ALREADY***

Of course I did not invent the idea of the Toothpick Bridge, but I have extended it into my Geometry classroom.

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-- In "Contest Scoring", students will analyze the data of a hypothetical toothpick bridge contest to determine the winner.

-- and finally in "Toothpick Bridge" students with research, design, build and test their own bridges in a class-wide competition. Who can build the strongest bridge? To conclude, students can present their results and reflections of their design project.

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Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply geometric methods to solve design problems (e.g., designing an object or structure to satisfy physical constraints or minimize cost; working with typographic grid systems based on ratios).
Use geometric shapes, their measures, and their properties to describe objects (e.g., modeling a tree trunk or a human torso as a cylinder).
Identify the shapes of two-dimensional cross-sections of three-dimensional objects, and identify three-dimensional objects generated by rotations of two-dimensional objects.
Make formal geometric constructions with a variety of tools and methods (compass and straightedge, string, reflective devices, paper folding, dynamic geometric software, etc.).
Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.

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