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To Get to the Other Side: Designing Bridges STEM Unit
In this 4 week course, students will learn about forces, balance, and civil engineering as they read through a storybook and design their own bridges.
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This unit guides students to discover and discuss the connections between the science topics of force, balance, and stability; the design of bridges; and the field of civil engineering. Students will interact through a story called, "Javier Builds a Bridge" through a PearDeck interaction through Google Slides. This story introduces students to some famous bridges in the United States and serves to focus students on the design challenge that they will undertake in Week 4 of this unit:...
Students will be able to: 1. identify the technologies discussed in the story. (Lesson 1) 2. discuss some of the problems, criteria, constraints, and solutions associated with designing bridges. (Lesson 1) 3. recognize the role of civil engineers in designing structures. (Lesson 1) 4. identify the steps of the Engineering Design Process. (Lesson 1) 5. identify some of the forces (pushes and pulls) that act on a structure. (Lesson 2) 6. explain that applying a new force (push or pull) in the opposite direction of an existing force (push or pull) can increase the strength and/or stability of a structure. (Lesson 2) 7. describe the role of civil engineers in identifying and addressing the forces acting on a structure. (Lesson 2) 8. conduct a controlled experiment to determine and compare the strength of three different bridge types (beam, arch, and deep beam). (Lesson 3) 9. analyze testing data and draw conclusions about how the shape and structure of a bridge affect how much weight it can support. (Lesson 3) 10. recognize that under different criteria and constraints, different bridge types are the best design choice. (Lesson 3) 11. brainstorm how they might use different materials and ways that they might change the shape of a material (i.e., by rolling, folding, etc.) in bridge design. (Lesson 3) 12. identify and implement the steps of the Engineering Design Process. (Lesson 4) 13. utilize when they have learned about different bridge types and the properties of different materials to inform their bridge designs. (Lesson 4) 14. test the strength and stability of their bridge designs and analyze test results. (Lesson 4) 15. “Improve” their bridge designs, based on testing results and analyses. (Lesson 4)
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (K-5) Master's Degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders (K-12) Science Teacher 10 years
Week 1: Students will have the option to watch a PBS special on Bridges. (optional) Week 2: Students will have the option to interact on an online lab about forces. (optional) Week 4: What students do not finish during the live class they may work on their own time to complete their bridge.
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Rubrics will be used each week to assess students. Students will interact and answer questions during the live classes through PearDeck on Google Slides. The final project is designing and improving a bridge. Students will be graded based on the rubric.
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Younger students will need more parent support during the labs in week 3 and designing and building their bridge in week 4.
We will be using the cirriculum Elementary is Engineering, used with written permission from the Boston Museum of Science. Students do not need to purchase any curriculum or sources. Students will have the option to visit PBS to view the video series. Students will also be visiting the Google slides presentation and PearDeck, where they will only need the code to join.
Lauren CooperAll Hands and Minds On Deck! Let's Problem Solve, Create, and Learn!
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70 completed classes
My name is Lauren. I have been teaching for over 10 years! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders. I also have a TESOL Certificate. I have taught Fourth Grade Science, Gifted...