Lesson 6 on Civil Engineering: Building Bridges, Video (October 25-26)

Objectives: (1) To learn more about the basics of bridge design and construction. (2) To practice collaborative learning.1  (3) To improve writing skills in order to clearly express ideas. Neatness counts.

Please read all of the instructions before you begin.


Watch the Bridge Video (6 minutes)

On this assignment, work individually, or with a team.  No more than 3 people on a team.  Make sure all team member names are written on the paper you submit.

The point of the team assignment is for each team member to learn through group discussions.  Each team member should participate in each part of the lesson.  Please do not just divide the work to finish more quickly.

Prepare a 14 question quiz, based on the video.

All questions must be:

  1. Reasonable;
  2. Not too easy, and not too hard;
  3. Answered, based on only the video.   No additional research should be necessary;
  4. Related to the main subject of the video (for example:  don’t ask what color the guy’s tie is);
  5. A question such as you would expect from an actual teacher at Western High School.

The types of questions should be

  • 4 each of True/False;
  • 4 each of fill in the blank with one or two words;
  • 4 Multiple choice;
    • Each multiple choice at least A through D;
    • for one of them, the approved solution (correct answer) must be “all of the above” or  “none of the above;
  • 2 prompts for a short essay (minimum 1/2 page) that call for opinion(s) based on key information contained in the video, without doing any additional research.

PROVIDE  ANSWERS, for all but the essays, in [brackets] after each question


  1.   Collaborative learning is an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem, complete a task, or create a product. According to Gerlach, “Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves (Gerlach, 1994). It is through the talk that learning occurs.” Source:  Collaborative Learning website, http://archive.wceruw.org/cl1/cl/moreinfo/MI2A.htm