Build a Bridge

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Build a bridge to bridge the connection between the abstract and the concrete. The seventh installment of an 11-part unit on architecture has teams build a bridge out of Popsicle sticks that spans the greatest distance while supporting a given weight. Participants must consider tension and compression for this task.

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Instructional Ideas

  • As a class, decide on the constraints of the bridge (such as number of Popsicle sticks)
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires a large number of Popsicle sticks as well as a can of tomato sauce (or object of similar weight)
  • It is helpful if learners have knowledge of tension and compression

  • Provides a rubric for the bridge construction
  • Includes a formal assessment writing option

  • Does not include student handouts or worksheets