Build and Test

Time Frame: 2-3 Class Periods

Description: The students build, present, and test their bridges.

Educational Objectives:

  • The students will display what they have learned about bridges as they construct their bridge.
  • The students will present their projects to the rest of the class.
  • The students will compare and contrast the construction of the bridges.
TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills):
  • Science 112.3.1(B) Make wise choices in the use and conservation of resources and the disposal or recycling of materials.
  • Science 112.3.2(B) Collect information by observing and measuring.Science 112.3.2(C) Analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations from direct and indirect evidence.
  • Science 112.3.2(D) Communicate valid conclusions.
  • Science 112.3.3(C) Represent the natural world using models and identify their limitations.
  • Science 112.3.4(A) Collect and analyze information using tools including calculators, microscopes, cameras, safety goggles, sound recorders, clocks, computers, thermometers, hand lenses, meter sticks, rulers, balances, magnets, and compasses.
  • Explorer's Notebook, pages 8-10
  • Masking tape
  • Artstraws
  • Yarn
  • Poster Board
  • Glue
  • Pencils
Advanced Preparation:
Gather all of the materials in a central location.
Have the groups get the materials that they "pay" for and construct their structures. Monitor to see that they are following their designs and using proper safety procedures at all times. Have the groups present their projects to the class according to the presentation guidelines in the Explorer's Notebook.
Formative Assessment: Observation/Oral Discussion


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Copyright June 2002 by Shirley Willingham