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TECH:Bridge Construction - Span It (Const)

Time Frame

1 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups

Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Employability

Authors

Darrell Andelin
Melvin Robinson
BILL WALKER

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.


Materials

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.

Websites

  • 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"

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


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.


Created: 07/25/2002
Updated: 01/21/2018
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