In this project, you'll be working with a group to research bridges and methods of bridge building. If you meet your checkpoints each day, you may also check out your bridge building materials in class and put together your team's bridge for our bridge competition.
Websites that you will need:
First, learn about the basics of bridges. Need help with bridge vocabulary?
Next, examine the forces that your design will have to deal with.
Thirdly, you might want to check out some of these other sites for more information (just to get an edge on your competition).
Lastly, it's on to researching your group's bridge.
Remember to break your project into separate tasks. Each person in your group should be accountable for making progress on their task. Your goal is to complete the presentation by the end of the week.
Here's an example of how you might decide to organize and order your work:
Create the five slides that you will use for your presentation. You don't need to add the information yet, just create the slides, decide on a color scheme, and title each slide appropriately. You will need these slides:
title, information, key facts, your group's bridge, references
Go back and fill in the information on the first three slides.
The title slide should have the name of the bridge your team is researching. It should also have the names of your group members (first name only). You should also have a picture of your bridge.
The information slide should tell where the bridge is located, when it was built, and who designed it. You should include at least two of the following pictures (bridge, designer, construction in progress, map/Google Earth screen-shot).
The key facts slide should explain what type of bridge your research subject is. If there are any other interesting facts (length, width, height, key features, etc.) include them on this slide. Try to include at least two more pictures of the following: sketch of this type of bridge, key features (you can reuse previous pictures with labels), other examples of this type of bridge.
Complete the last slide of your show. Include a list of all of the websites that you used (books as well). Include the title of the resource, the author, and date of publishing. On a website, sometimes it is difficult to figure out when the site was published. If you can't find a date, you do not have to include one. If you list a website, also list the website address (copy and paste this).
Go back and work on the fourth slide. This slide is about your project, the bridge your team is building. Include pictures of the bridge in progress, the name that your group is giving your bridge, what kind of bridge it is, and any sketches that you made in Tuxpaint before creating your bridge.
Go back and put the final touches on your slide. Make sure the information is accurate, easy to read, and free of errors. Make sure that you've included working links for your resources page. Now's the time to add fancy animations. If you do, make sure that they run by themselves. For this presentation, we are creating a self-running slide show. Make sure that each slide stays up long enough to read and understand all of the presented information.
Bridge Design Requirements:
Your overall design needs to span at least 20 inches. It also needs to be at least 5 inches wide and tall. You do not have to have a deck surface (road), but if there are supports above where the driving surface would be, they need to have at least 2 inches of clearance for cars to pass under.