Factors Affecting Bridge Strength - Lesson Plan Volume 5

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Grades 5-6.

Students will…

  • Create two geometric shapes (square and triangle) to determine which is more stable.
  • Relate examples of bridges they have seen.
  • Describe the example, draw a picture of it, and learn the names of the three main types of bridges: beam, arch, and suspension.
  • Learn that each of these types may be included in a complex bridge.
  • Learn that a truss bridge is a form of beam bridge.
  • Apply their knowledge of geometric shapes to design a truss bridge.
  • Build a truss bridge from their design and test its weight bearing ability.
  • Apply critical thinking to build their bridges.
  • Experience team building and real world problem solving.

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Age: 10 yrs. - 11 yrs.
Grade: 5 - 6
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School
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Lesson Plan: STEM/STEAM


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