Education Technology

How strong is your bridge?

Published on 05/14/2004

Activity Overview

Build a bridge of straw and straight pins. Data is collected and analyzed with handhelds by the students measuring the height of the bridge vs the number of marbles (in a cup.)

Before the Activity

Students have built a bridge of straws and straight pins. No pins can be placed inside the straws.

During the Activity

Build a bridge of straw and straight pins. Data is collected and analyzed with handhelds by the students measuring the height of the bridge vs the number of marbles (in a cup.)

After the Activity

Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary