Bridge Investigation Project

In this project students carry out a research project about a particular bridge, using a range of different source materials, and present the findings of their research as either a photo slideshow, a short movie, or pod cast. The student brief suggests three possible research topics: 1. Choose one of the main types of bridge and tell the history of its design. 2. Choose one of the main types of bridge and describe how the structure transfers loads from the middle of the span to the supports. 3. Tell the story of a local bridge: when was it built; who built it and why; how is this bridge of benefit to the local community? This activity can be carried out by individuals or by groups. The activity can be run as a competition in which the winners are the students judged to have produced the best presentation, as judged either by the teacher or their fellow students.