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Group Members:

Date:

THE MISSION

Your mission is to design and build a freestanding bridge that meets specific size and capacity criteria as well as material, time, and design constraints.

Criteria

 

Time & Design constraints

Material constraints

The bridge must be

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Your team will have 30 minutes

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10 pipe cleaners

o

as long as possible

to build your bridge

o

30 small popsicle sticks

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at least 1-inch wide

o

o

scissors

o

at least 1 inch above the

o

50 Q-tips

building surface

o

1 measuring tape

o

be able to support weight

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assorted base-ten blocks

o

spaces on the surface of the bridge must not be wider than a penny

o

1 penny

ASK QUESTIONS Phase 1
ASK QUESTIONS
Phase 1
IMAGINE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS Phase 2 Ask yourself …Is this possible? Write a hypothesis. Complete the
IMAGINE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Phase 2
Ask yourself …Is this possible?
Write a hypothesis.
Complete the following statement: When we begin to place base-ten blocks on our team’s
bridge, the bridge will:

PLAN OUT A DESIGN

Phase 3 Remember to label the materials in your design.

CREATE YOUR DESIGN Phases 4 Follow the initial plan (You can make changes later) Use
CREATE YOUR DESIGN
Phases 4
Follow the initial plan (You can make changes later)
Use the sketches from the planning phase.
Final Design Specifications
What materials did you use in your
design?
Length:
Width:
Height above surface:

EXPERIMENT & TEST THE MODEL

Phase 5 HOW CAN I IMPROVE THIS?

Record your observations. Describe what happened when you placed the base-ten

blocks on your bridge? What base-ten blocks did you use? How many?

EXPERIMENT & TEST THE MODEL

Phase 5 HOW CAN I IMPROVE THIS?

Was your bridge unstable before you placed the base-ten block upon it?

Yes

No

Did the bridge collapse after you placed the base-ten block upon it?

Yes

No

If you answered yes to either question above, explain how your team could improve the design to make sure these errors would not happen again.

Please note any new understandings or ideas that could help your team work better.