Bridge Building Concepts/ Design: Truss Bridges part 1 of 4



Students will learn the geometry and structural importance of a truss which allows it to be used to make bridges. Students will work in pairs to design, build, and test the strength of their own small wooden truss bridge. Students will know the importance of materials used in truss bridges.

Lesson Time

2 full class periods
110 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (4)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will identify the importance of materials used in truss bridges.
  • Students will identify the structural forces such as compression and tension and how they apply to a truss bridge
  • students will construct a small truss bridge using glue and interlocking jointsstud
  • Students will work collaboratively with other students on a bridge design

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