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TECH:Bridge Construction - Span It (Const)

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Employability

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 45 minutes.

Group Size:
Large Groups


 

Summary:
Students will utilize problem-solving and brain storming techniques. They will apply the principle of triangles in bridge construction while staying within a budget.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Career and Technical Education Introduction
Standard 10 Objective 3

Recognize engineering, manufacturing, and construction processes and technology.

Career Connections:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Technical
  • Artistic

Materials:
Span-it Bridge Building program (Free download software program from Bechtel.com)

Attachments

  • Span-It_Bechtel_Corportation.pdf
    Bechtel Corporation retired Span-It from its web site because it no longer meets current gaming standards. However, when teachers express an interest in continuing its use, Bechtel will forward the game free of charge. They ask that teachers credit Bechtel Corporation whenever the game is used in a public forum.

Web Sites

  • Bechtel
    The providers of the game Span-It. Please refer to the above attachment if you would like to get a copy of "Span-It"

Background For Teachers:

Attachments

Intended Learning Outcomes:
1- The Student will learn to design and build a bridge on a computer.
2- The Student will efficiently use materials within a specific budget.

Instructional Procedures:
1- Introduce students to the program.
2- Show how to choose and move items.
3- Show how to start over if needed.
4- Identify budget constraints.
5- Show the three different levels of bridge building challenges.
6- Complete the bridge within the assigned money budget.
7- Test the Bridge.

Author:
Melvin Robinson
BILL WALKER
Darrell Andelin

Created Date :
Jul 25 2002 08:49 AM

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