Donated towards $750.00 Goal
December 14, 2017
Carver’s engaging, hands-on STEM learning projects inspire children to learn real-life skills and proficiencies, far more than the school day curriculum can provide.
Led by a certified science teacher, this Carver STEM education project explores the basic physics of bridges. Carver middle school students will develop an understanding through experimentation of which shapes are the most structurally strong, and the many factors that are taken into account in engineering and building bridges.
This project provides a practical application of physics to a real-world context. When engineers design a bridge they must take the many forces that will act upon the bridge into account. Through hands-on experimentation the many STEM concepts inherent in bridge building become clear.
Students will use simple hand tools and materials and perform calculations to determine the amount of each material required for each part of the project. Students will also calculate the cost of producing a structure based on the types of materials used. Students will identify one among many possible bridge structures to build.
At the end of the project, students will produce a Project Report based on their work and experience and showcase their work in Carver’s annual science expo!
Cost to offer a STEM-based bridge building program to Carver students: $750
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