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  1. Bridge Design Project Margaret Hirsch, Millington-Central High School Crista Sabo, Bolton High School Angela Tobias, Houston High School

  2. Each Group Will: • Design a Bridge • Build a Bridge • Present Research and Conclusions

  3. Bridge Design • Research History • Research Geometry • Design • Plan to Distribute Weight • Connection Joints Make the Difference • Draw Blueprints Good Joint Bad Joint

  4. Bridge Construction • General Good Carpentry Ideas • Measure twice, cut once • Practice • Use the blueprints as a guideline • Tape straws together

  5. Rules for Bridge Design • Goal • Support as much weight as possible. • Dimensions • Span Length: 18.00 in • Span Width: 6.00 in • Materials and Elements • 30 Straws • One Roll of Scotch Tape • 1 Paper Cup

  6. Bridge Presentation • They all get broken • Each bridge is placed on the “Canyon of Destruction.” Additional weight will be added until the bridge collapses or the cup falls off the bridge.

  7. Scoring • 200 Points Total • 60 pt. Blueprint Quality • 60 pt. Bridge Quality • 80 pt. Research and Presentation Quality

  8. Other Internet Sites that May Help • Bridge Watchingdifferent bridges • Newton’s Apple - Bridgeshistory & designs • Building Principlespurpose of the designs • Search Enginesusekey words “physics bridge” • Alta Vista • Yahoo! • Excite