Designing Highway Interchanges

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How do engineers determine the most efficient highway designs? Introduce young scientists to the world of topology, the branch of mathematics that examines how things are connected. Teams use model highways to create the most cost-effective and efficient interchanges. The teacher's guide contains printable materials and images to help you guide your class down the road to success!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Display a variety of images of highway interchanges to help pupils understand their complexity
  • Add die-cast cars to the activity to make it more realistic
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to procure and set up the materials for the build
  • Modify the lesson based upon the age of your students—directions are included
  • Support materials include ideas for expanding the lesson for older or more advanced learners
  • Images in the teacher's guide are a big help with preparation and set up
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Common Core