This week we partnered with Dr. Hani Salim from MU College of Engineering to do a STEM bridge building project. Dr. Salim taught students about structural engineering, the different types of bridges, and what gives a bridge the best support. Students used this information in their groups as they worked together to design and build a bridge with K’NEX that would support several pounds of sand suspended in a bucket. Their bridge also had to be at least 18 inches long and 3 inches wide. Students created a company name for their group and tested the strength of their bridge.
In this engaging project students used: teamwork, creativity, problem solving, measuring, designing, building, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. Dr. Salim and his team said multiple times that this class is the BEST class they have ever worked with, which is quite a compliment!
We are excited to partner with Dr. Salim and Mizzou Engineering again in the future!