How I Use It
In my STEM classes, I use this with the older students when we do an engineering unit. We talk about the different types of bridges, their strengths, and their weaknesses. I use this app (we have the paid version so there are more levels) afterwards for the students to put those concepts to use. I have the students work individually on their own iPads, but they are able to talk to each other if they get stuck.
Overall, it is a fun, neat way for students to start to see concepts of bridges, and engineering, at work. I like that it has different levels of strength (cars vs trucks) for the students to test their bridges. The students are able to work through try and revise strategies until they are successful. There are also some basic (real basic) tips for the students, as well as hints they can purchase with coins that they earn as they go. The learning is provided by the students through them working through the different levels and taking the ideas they learned with them to the next level. There is little to no learning provided by the app itself.