BUILD­ING A BRIDGE

South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS -

OUR STEM project this term is to make a bridge out of ice cream sticks.

We are in groups of three and have to make a strong bridge at least 600mm long.

We have to plan on pa­per first, draw­ing up an idea and then we started mak­ing bits of the bridge. Each per­son had a role to play in the groups – who is mak­ing the sides, the bot­tom and the top.

Then we started build­ing the bridge by glu­ing the sticks to­gether, which takes a very long time and lots of con­cen­tra­tion.

In our group we made the bot­tom in DAT ( De­sign and Tech­nol­ogy) in term two and have used it in our de­sign in term four.

Our de­sign is very strong and should win the com­pe­ti­tion. Now we are start­ing on the sides.

Most other groups are up to the same stage as us and we aim to be fin­ished in an­other three weeks ready for the com­pe­ti­tion in week eight.

At the end we are go­ing to put weights on the bridges to see which one is the strong­est and the win­ner will get a prize.

We have learnt that us­ing tri­an­gles when build­ing the bridge makes it a lot stronger than us­ing no tri­an­gles. — By Tea­gan and Caitlen

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CON­STRUC­TION SKILLS: Yar­ra­man State School’s Year 7 class en­gaged in STEM.

Te­gan and Seth de­sign and make their bridge.

Faith and Aly­cia work­ing on their bridge.

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