About the lab
- Grades: 4-8
- Capacity: 30 students
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Cost: $120
- Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Engineering Practices:
Developing and using models
Cause and effect
Structure and functions
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
ETS 1: Engineering design
ETS 2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society
Illinois Learning Standards
11: A, B; 12: D; 13: A, B
Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 3.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.7, 4.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10
- Recognize the application of scientific principles in everyday situations.
- Use bridges as a tool to apply and understand scientific principles in a familiar real-world situation.
- Become familiar with the basic tenets of structural design.
- Become knowledgeable of the forces at play in construction projects through interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities.
- Learn how different design elements play into the structural integrity of a bridge.
- Be exposed to potential careers in engineering and construction.
- Be engaged in hands-on lab activities.
- Acquire and practice lab skills.
- Design, build and test models bridges.
- Be given a challenge and work as a team to complete the task of building a successful bridge.