6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Art and Design
Climate & Environment
You are part of an engineering team of 4 experts. As part of this team you must design a bridge that will withstand a natural disaster.
February 27, 2017
Skyway Bridge Collapse
The Skyway Bridge (Florida) video can be found on YouTube (skyway bridge disaster REMEMBERED) or on a more secure educational link like Learn360.com
Easy Science For Kids
This website offers information on a variety of types of bridges and may help students to choose a bridge based on it's strength elements
Students may be able to easily understand the concept of a bridge and why these structures are essential to the supply and demand of the world we live in. Can students understand the pressure that forces of nature put on structures? Can students use materials and design ideas to strengthen their structure(s) to withstand a natural disaster? Students will be introduced to the topic of forces acting on structures by watching a video of the Skyway Bridge collapse in Florida.
You are part of an engineering team of 4 experts. As part of this team you must redesign the original Skyway Bridge in Florida. As an expert engineer you will be sure to suggest the best materials for the build and make sure the bridge is strong. With your team of experts rebuild the bridge according to your new designs.
Minecraft Elements (creative mode)
*Digital Citizenship – when students are building in the same world it is important that rules are established to help guide expectations. For example, if you don't build it, you shouldn't break it.
Students will be asked to share their bridges with other groups in a 'Gallery Walk'. Students walk around the classroom or log into the Minecraft world and view one another's creations. The outcomes of the student projects can be shared via docs.com or SWAY (link in classroom newsletter)