Lesson 4: Structural Testing of Truss Bridge Models



In this lesson, the final structural testing of student truss bridge models will be performed. preferably professional testing equipment (Universal testing machine) will be used. Local colleges or universities, community colleges, Cal Trans, and local engineering firms, etc. are possible source of this testing equipment. If this is not available, classroom testing procedures will be fully discussed.


50 minute periods
2 Class Periods

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Student Objectives / Goals


California's 2008 CTE Standards (11)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will structurally test their truss bridge designs, and determine a load at which the bridge failed.
  • Students will record the type of failure their bridge model sustained:Compression, tension, lateral, shear, etc.

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