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9.5: Materials and Resources

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Handouts

Lab Procedure, Data table, graph paper, questions sheet (with prompts from teacher for thoughtful interpretations of data), print rules/specifications for any bridge design or bridge building contests that you choose to enter, guidelines for final written evaluation

Internet Simulation

West Point Bridge Simulator (free download)

http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/index.htm

West Point Bridge Builder Video from TeacherTube.com

http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=181665&title=West_Point_Bridge

World of Goo

http://2dboy.com/games.php

Equipment

Teacher Modeling:

  • 2” × 4” × 8’ piece of wood
  • 2 milk crates
  • Clay or Play Dough
  • Styrofoam cup, paper cup, and plastic cup

Each Lab Group (3-4 students):

  • Two desks/tables
  • Gallon buckets (sand pail or milk jug will also work)
  • Popsicle sticks (small and large)
    • small = 4.5” × 3/8”
    • large = 6.0” × 3/4”
  • Weights (i.e. sand or rocks)
  • Balance/scale

Bridge Building:

  • Standard-size popsicle sticks
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Cardboard base

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