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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)


West Point Bridge Builder Video from TeacherTube.com


World of Goo



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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