The Real Bridge Building Set builds seven 5 ft. long replicas of real world
bridges, one per bridge type, 2 at a time. Models include replicas of the Firth
of Forth Cantilever Bridge (Scotland), Tower Bascale Bridge (London), Golden
Gate Suspension Bridge (San Francisco), Chesapeake Bay Beam Bridge (Virginia
Beach), Columbia River - Astoria Truss Bridge (Oregon), Sydney Harbor Arch Bridge
(Australia) and the Dames Point Cable-Stayed Bridge (Jacksonville).
- Define characteristics and the differences between the 7 bridge types—why
build a suspension bridge instead of an arch bridge?
- Investigate how different bridge types hold their loads • Evaluate the strength
and stability of each bridge type through experimentation
- Determine and calculate costs involved with building a bridge
- Explore the history of each of the real world bridges
Curriculum included offers key features and characteristics of each bridge type, background information and statistics on each, investigative activities and building challenges for each of the bridge types written to middle school National Standards in Science and Technology. Supports 6-8 students working in teams of 3-4. Comes packaged in 2 strong plastic storage cases with moveable dividers and lock on transparent lids. Also includes CD to facilitae printing extra building instructions. Grades 5-8.