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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Investigate the correlation between length and weight support on a simple beam bridge. [E] [E]
Determine which bridge design holds the most weight - the arch bridge or the suspension bridge - using LEGOS [E] [E] [E] [E]
The Effect of Truss Design on Mass Supported Before Failure [E] [P] [P]
Does the Peak Angle of a Truss Affect its Strength? [P]
Mass Supported by King-post and Queen-post Truss Designs [P]
Which bridge type would support the most mass? [E] [P] [P]
What Type of Bridge Supports More Weight in an Earthquake [P]
Build a balsa bridge [E] [E] [E]
Build a toothpick bridge [E]
Determine the effect of dirt compaction on the ability of dirt to hold water in a simulated levee. [P]
What Levee Construction Holds the Most Force? [P] [E]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Compare the strength of a beam bridge vs. a suspension bridge. [E]
Investigate different bridge types [E] [P] [P]
Does the weight on a Bridge affect the amount of shaking it endures during an earthquake. [E]
Measure the weight-bearing capacity of eggshells. [E]
Measure the relative strength of bridge truss designs based on three different shapes: equilateral triangle, right isosceles triangle, and 30-60-90 triangle. [E]
The Effect of Various Levee Designs on the Ability to Withstand Water [P]
Find out if contact surface area of overlapping bars of steel on a bridge affected its strength [E]
Determine how modifying the structure of a Howe Bridge changes the bridge's load carrying capacity. [E]
Design a truss structure based on equilateral, scalene, and isosceles triangles to determine the strength and the architectural benfits of the different triangles. [E] [E]
Using Electrical Analogy to Study the Resistance to Seepage under Dams with Different Seepage Curtain [E]
Which bridge design supports the most weight? [E] [P] [P] [P]
How Much Mass Can a Suspension and Truss Bridge Hold? [P]
Evaluate which truss bridge design will hold more weight, the Pratt or the Warren design. [E] [E] [E]
Build a balsa bridge [E] [E] [E]
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High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Topological Optimization of a Cuboct Truss Bridge Using a Genetic Algorithm [E]
Changing Bridge Frequencies to Reduce Resonance [E] [E]
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