1 Tacoma-Narrows Bridge aka Gallopin' Gertie
Watch the video about the Tacoma Narrows bridge failure. Pause at different scenes and evaluate where the bridge failed and why.
Use the video to discuss the implications of bridge failures and the impact of
2 Building Big - Bridges
The students will explore the Building Big site and participate in the Forces Lab. They will discuss with a partner the information that applies to building their bridge.
Use the Building Big site to explore different types of bridges before drafting a plan. Work through the Forces Lab to understand the "why" behind the way you build.
3 Popsicle Company Needs a Bridge
The Popsicle Company's bridge has washed out due to heavy flooding and wind. The students have to build a bridge to save the company from bankruptcy. Students will receive a packet of information about the build. The packet includes:
Cost List of Materials
Bridge Proposal Worksheet
How to Make a Stable Bridge page
OSHA Fine page
1. Gather instructions about making a bridge for the Popsicle Company.
2. Follow along as the packet is explained.
3. Ask questions
4. Get started
Key Standards Supported
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.