Island 5 Bridge Designer-Exploring Virtual Bridge Design

Mechanics and Structures

Students will learn about different types of bridges and how they are engineered for strength. Then begin exploring virtual bridge design with Bridge Designer.


Bridge Designer-Exploring Virtual Bridge Design

Can You Do It?

Students are  challenged is to use Bridge Designer to engineer a cost-effective truss bridge that will support a two-lane highway across lake Prince of Peace.

The City of Carrollton is expanding its planning department to meet the growing needs of the city. They are hiring a structural engineer, who will be responsible for designing a bridge to meet the needs of their growing infrastructure. You are among the final candidates! The problem is that the last tax increase did not get approved and now they have to build the bridge with a smaller budget. How will students design a bridge that is safe, sturdy, and within the budgeted amount?

What The Student Will Learn:

  • The four different types of bridges

  • How compression and tension forces work to support a truss bridge

  • How to apply the Engineering Design Process

  • How to use Bridge Designer to engineer a bridge