Lesson 3: "West Point Bridge Design" software & model building



In this lesson the students will design and build a model of a truss bridge, using "West Point Bridge Design Software." Students will use the software to design and test their bridge digitally. There is a demo video below to introduce the students to the software. After they have completed their bridge design they will then print out a scaled drawing of their truss design and use this drawing to fabricate the trusses for their bridge model. There is a picture in the resources below showing students during the construction process of their trusses. A material list is included in order to gather the appropriate materials for this project.

Lesson Time

50 minute periods
10 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Design
    • Architectural Design
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Engineering Technology
  • Information and Communication Technologies Information and Communication Technologies
    • Networking
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (23)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will gain an understanding of the various types of truss brides used throughout the world.
  • Students will design a truss bridge in a digital format (West Point Bridge Design software).
  • Students will build a scale model of the truss bridge they designed.

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