Breaking Bridges Activity 10 Pack

$55.00

10-Pack SKU: 1824-94

Design, Build, Test, Repeat!!! TeacherGeek bridges allow you to do what was never-before possible; redesign and retest, learn through experimentation and failure, grow understanding while evolving designs. There’s no gluing (hot glue burns or waiting for glue to dry). Every design can be improved so students are never done.

This activity comes with downloadable engineering challenges and optional labs. For ages 8-22 (different challenges/labs for different ages).  Optional labs teach about structural shapes, deflection, tension & compression, software analysis, Hooke's Law, elastic and plastic deformation and member forces on trusses. 

Pack contains components to create 10 bridges, and a hook to help test them. In addition to this kit, you need 5 or 7 gallon buckets, weights (e.g. water bottles), and tools (multi-cutter, pliers, screwdriver).

Note: We recommend using our 7 gallon buckets for bridge testing, which allows you to add more weight than a standard 5 gallon bucket.

Completing the

Breaking Bridges Activity

with Grades 3 - 5

For grades 6 and up, click here

 

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

    Testing Guide    

You need to make a testing station so students can test their bridges. This guide walks you through setting up your testing station using common, inexpensive supplies, and provides instructions for how to test bridges.

Note: We recommend using our 7 gallon buckets for bridge testing, which allows you to add more weight than a standard 5 gallon bucket.

    Go Guide    

Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with bridges, and it culminates in an engineering challenge.

    Optional Challenge    

  • Optional Distance Challenge: PDF or MS Word -- Build the longest bridge possible!

    Optional Resources    

Classroom Overview

  • Classroom Overview: PDF or MS Word--A brief overview of the Breaking Bridges documents and their standards (NGSS, CCSS for Math and CCSS for ELA).

Bridges Engineering Notebook

Engineering Notebook Bridges

Breaking Bridges has its own special edition Engineering Notebook. It's designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

  • Breaking Bridges Engineering Notebook PDF


STEAM Market-It Challenge

Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.

Completing the

Breaking Bridges Activity

with Grades 6 and Up

For grades 3-5, click here

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

    Testing Guide    

You need to make a testing station so students can test their bridges. This guide walks you through setting up your testing station using common, inexpensive supplies, and provides instructions for how to test bridges.

Note: We recommend using our 7 gallon buckets for bridge testing, which allows you to add more weight than a standard 5 gallon bucket.

    Go Guide    

Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with bridges, and it culminates in an engineering challenge.

    Optional Analysis    

The activities below can be used to extend learning by using software and/or mathematics to model your bridge!

  • Hooke's Law Lab: PDF or MS Word --Students graph bridge deflection while learning about deformation. Recommended for Grades 7+.
  • Hooke's Law Lab Answer Key: PDF --Password protected.
  • Software Analysis: PDF or MS Word --Students use FREE software to model their bridges, find the internal member forces, and identify their designs' weaknesses.
  • Physics Analysis: PDF or MS Word --Students apply higher level math to find the tensile and compressive forces in their bridges (follows Software Analysis; requires physics coursework). Recommended for Grades 11+.

    Optional Challenge    

  • Optional Distance Challenge: PDF or MS Word -- Build the longest bridge possible!

    Optional Resources    

Classroom Overview

  • Classroom Overview: PDF or MS Word--A brief overview of the Breaking Bridges documents and their standards (NGSS, CCSS for Math and CCSS for ELA).

Bridges Engineering Notebook

Engineering Notebook Bridges

Breaking Bridges has its own special edition Engineering Notebook. It's designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.

  • Breaking Bridges Engineering Notebook PDF


STEAM Market-It Challenge

Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process

Recommended Tool

Alternate Tool

Cutting strips and wire

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

Nope

Hold the nuts while tightening screws

Pliers

Nope

Sets of tools can be found here.

Make your bridge even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Bridge Components

What's in the Breaking Bridges Activity?

Component:

Quantity:

Connector Strips

165

Wire Roll

10

Bridge Screws

110

Bridge Nuts

330

1" Screws 3

This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 7 and above with adult supervision.

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet