A Problem-Based Introduction to Engineering
- Build, and test model bridges designed to carry a fixed load,
- Use an authentic engineering design process to develop their designs,
- Apply math, science, and computer technology as problem-solving tools,
- Learn how real bridges are designed and built.
The project is divided into four sections as follows:
PART I. BRIDGE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Online research activity to investigate bridge types, bridge terminology and bridge construction factors
Video questions worksheet (pdf file):
PART II. PHYSICS PRINCIPLES
- Describe an object in equilibrium. - State the conditions for translational equilibrium. - Calculate the various forces acting on a bridge: tensions and compressions - Analyze and evaluate a truss - Define and calculate the factor of safety for a bridge
PART III. BRIDGE BUILDING
- To build a manila file-folder bridge designed to carry a fixed load of 49 N.
PART IV. BRIDGE DESIGN
- Understand the engineering design process. - Design a model bridge to carry a fixed load safely and at minimum cost using the software West Point Bridge Designer.