Students in the eighth grade at SMCDS brought some destruction to their instruction this week. As part of a unit of study about physics, forces, and structural design, the students were tasked to build bridges out of popsicle sticks.
Each bridge employed the same amount of sticks, and had to be the same length, but students were free to experiment with design and support ideas in the effort to hold the most weight. Some designs were more artistic, and others more stable, but the winning bridges combined a bit of each.
The final test of the bridges was to place weights onto each of them and see how much they could hold before breaking. The audience, comprised of middle school students from grades five, six, and seven, clamored for a great view of the excitement.