Lesson 1: Introduction to Bridge Design

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Introduction

A video presentation of the fundamental bridge designs of the world will be presented in this lesson, along with the video of the "Tacoma Narrows Bridge failure." A video presentation of bridge failures around the world will be presented as well to drive home the importance of proper structural engineering in the process of bridge design. Students will be assigned a research topic on a specific bridge type that they will report on during the culminating activities of this unit project.

Lesson Time

50 minute periods
1 Class Period

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
    • Architectural Design
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Engineering Design
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking
Grade Levels
  • 11

Standards and Objectives

Standards

California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will gain an understanding of a bridge failure caused by resonance.
  • Students will learn the different types of bridge designs used throughout the world.
  • Students will get a graphic look at catastrophic bridge failures, and how important the engineering design process is in bridge design and construction.

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