3rd Graders Learn Science, Technology, Engineering (STEM) and Math by Building Bridges


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Students in third grade have been spending time learning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by building bridges and other support structures out of paper.  They have been able to learn from first hand experience the importance of accurate calculations, good design and the force exerted on structures once built. The ultimate goal was to make their final bridges the strongest (by holding the most weight),the most stable (by having a toy car successfully cross the bridge at least four times), and the cheapest (by having the least amount of cost). They also had to make sure a barge was able to pass under their bridge and that the span of the bridge was 15 inches across from abutment to abutment. 

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