How do engineers work together to design a solution to a problem? Learn about the variety of bridges in Portland and around the world. Students work in small groups using common materials to build a bridge that meets certain criteria.
This program takes place in the Physics Lab in the Turbine Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.
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Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast physical properties and composition of objects.
Identify properties, uses, and availability of Earth materials.
Create structures using natural or designed materials and simple tools.
Show how components of designed structures can be disassembled and reassembled.
Demonstrate that designed structures have parts that work together to perform a function.
Describe an engineering design that is used to solve a problem or address a need.
Design, construct, and test a prototype of a possible solution to a problem using appropriate tools, materials, and resources.
Design and build a prototype of a proposed engineering solution and identify factors such as cost, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and what will happen if the solution fails.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution to a defined problem using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate proposed engineering design solutions to the defined problem.
Design, construct, and test a possible solution using appropriate tools and materials. Evaluate the proposed solutions to identify how design constraints are addressed.
Design, construct, and test a proposed engineering design solution and collect relevant data. Evaluate a proposed design solution in terms of design and performance criteria, constraints, priorities, and trade-offs. Identify possible design improvements.