Baruch Step Bridges 2013

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Bridge Building 101

on July 29, 2013

Now is the time for Bridge Building to commence.  We now have the basic ideas behind bridges and what it takes to build them.  We formed seven groups with three students in each group.  Grouping was pretty much a random affair.  Using sketches, sharing ideas, cooperating and communication will be key tools for our final week.

Each group will eventually receive 300 Popsicle sticks and Elmers Glue.  The rules – each bridge must be at least two feet long, and be able to support your teacher  or approximately 180 pounds.  Now you are on your own.  It is an amazing process to take your ideas and bring them to life.  When we started we had detailed instructions on how to build catapults.  We then modified kits for our racing cars.  But now we are totally relying on our own ideas to build the bridges.

As the week has progressed each group has taken their design and building process in totally different directions.  It has been a pleasure questioning your ideas, hearing your thought process and seeing all of you grow!


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