Third Grade Students Engineer Paper Bridges in IDEAStudio

Third grade students have enjoyed learning about bridges in IDEAStudio. In English, students read “Pop’s Bridge”, a story about the inception and construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. In Social Studies, they talked about Jacksonville being the city of Seven Bridges and how they represent many different styles, like suspension, beam, and arch. In Science, students have been learning about forces, and they were recently able to construct their own paper bridges. Students had to think about the forces that would keep a bridge stable and support weight. They answered questions like:

  • Where was the force coming from?
  • Why do you need equal and opposing forces to make something sturdy and solid?
  • What do you need to do in order to make your bridge both stable and functional?

    Students had fun together and demonstrated innovation and creativity!