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ERIC Number: EJ1077396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Building a Straw Bridge
Teaching Science, v61 n2 p40-43 Jun 2015
This project is for a team of students (groups of two or three are ideal) to design and construct a model of a single-span bridge, using plastic drinking straws as the building material. All steps of the design, construction, testing and critiquing stages should be recorded by students in a journal. Students may like to include labelled diagrams, tables, graphs, photos etc. It is important for student learning that opportunities are provided for cooperative learning, which is a significant aspect of engineering and scientific work. This activity is structured with the intention that students work in teams using a collaborative approach. It is recommended that each team member is assigned a particular role and that roles are rotated regularly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia