Monday, 4 May 2015

Collaborative Learning - A Family Affair


What did I do?

"I built a bowstring bridge. I used wooden stir sticks, wood glue, floss, measuring tape, and wire cutters. I also used binder clips to hold the sticks in place” said Esther.

Leah stated, "I helped to measure, cut the popsicle sticks, glue the bridge together and cheer on my team.”

"I helped cut the measured popsicle sticks, which took a LOT of effort. Gluing them on the bridge was a LOT of Fun!" by Paul and Sarah.

Peter said, "I made an upside down triangle bridge. First, I drew out a full-size sketch of my bridge and then glued sticks to match the drawing.”

"I did an Upside Down Triangle-Truss Bridge. The hardest part was drawing the sketch full size. The fun part was getting all the supplies ready to glue" by Andrew.

"I came up with the design of my bridge from different designs we looked up on the web” by Samuel.


How did I feel as I presented my project?

"I felt a lot of pride, mixed with some nervousness. I was so scared that our bridge wouldn't hold much, but it surprised everyone by holding three buckets full of heavy weights!" exclaimed Esther.

Leah said, "It was a sense of pride, for my team's bridge was the BEST looking. Yet, I did fear that it might not take that much weight for us to win."

Paul and Sarah shouted, "Suspense! And more SUSPENCE!”

"I was very nervous. There were many entries in my category. All of them looked so good. I thought that I wouldn't stand a chance to win and I didn't, but I still got a small prize and played a cool science game there with one of the engineers." Peter reflected.

"I was so nervous. There were many bridges that looked similar. I surprised myself when they called my name and presented me with a cheque. It was an awesome feeling of accomplishment" by Andrew.

"Suspense was crazy...as the engineers were talking and loading up the bridge. They thought it wouldn't need the double bucket to be attached to it. But it DID! But the only thing that failed me was the few popsicle sticks that came detached from the deck. Oh, well it still did pretty well. I received second place and a nice prize. Next year, I'll try to get my First prize!” Samuel stated.


What did I learn?

"I learned that this project requires a lot of patience! It takes a while for the sticks to dry, you can't just glue, glue, glue. You have to glue and wait....glue again and wait...and glue again and wait some more!" by Esther.

"I had no idea before this project, that by gluing a whole bunch of small pieces of popsicle sticks makes such a strong arch" said Leah.

"Projects take a LONG time to be completed" by Paul and Sarah.

"That the triangles are stronger then squares. It took a LOT OF PATIENCE!” Peter stated.

"I had some worries about my design, but as I tested one of the sides on my bridge, and it turned out quite strong. I was impressed" Andrew said.

"My hypothesis did come true. Exactly as I had predicted. The only thing that failed me was the deck. Some of the sticks popped off at the testing time so they only counted the weight to that point. Otherwise, the frame held twice the weight that the engineers counted before the bridge broke" by Samuel.


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  2. Hi All, Wow it sounds great that everyone built bridge structures and had so much fun! Was this a competition or a science fair that you entered? Where was this happening? Did you work on teams or do your own structures? Were there different categories? Thanks for sharing your learning!

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  3. I have the same questions as Marianne. I want to know more about the contest. Where did it take place? How did you know about it? Regardless of the answers to those questions, congratulations on having the courage to work on a bridge and enter the contest. It can be very nerve-racking when your bridge is put to the test but it sounds like your bridges held up very well. If you have pictures, I would like tos ee them!

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  4. I have the same questions as Marianne. I want to know more about the contest. Where did it take place? How did you know about it? Regardless of the answers to those questions, congratulations on having the courage to work on a bridge and enter the contest. It can be very nerve-racking when your bridge is put to the test but it sounds like your bridges held up very well. If you have pictures, I would like tos ee them!

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