Building Bridges


Using engineering design process to construct a bridge with given size limitations

Science Domains: Engineering, Technology & Applications of Science, Physical Science

NGSS Standards: MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS1-3, MS-ETS1-4, MS-PS2-2

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Learning Objectives

Students will identify how geometry affects bridge design and function and apply that knowledge to design and construct a bridge on a Pitsco Structures Testing instrument. They will calculate the strength-to-weight ratio of their final design and explain how tension and compression forces act on a bridge support when a load is applied.