No Galloping Gerties Allowed!!!

Design Brief and Criteria

Problem to Solve:
Design and construct a bridge to span a 30 cm gap and hold as many golf balls as possible. You may only use masking tape, artstraws, yarn and poster board in constructing your bridge. You may have an unlimited amount of glue. You will have a limited amount of "money" to spend on the other materials for your bridge.

Materials Supplied:
  • Masking tape
  • Artstraws
  • Yarn
  • Poster board
  • Glue
  • The structure must be free-standing.
  • No one can hold or support the structure during the test.

The whole team will get a grade based on the following rubric.

Soundness of Structure
35 points
25 points
Explorer's Notebook
10 points
10 points
Golf Balls Held
1 point each

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These pages were made through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development component of GirlTECH, which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) with support from the National Science Foundation through EOT-PACI, RGK Foundation, the Verizon Foundation, Rice University, and HiPerSoft.

Copyright June 2002 by Shirley Willingham