Lesson 6 on Civil Engineering: Building Bridges, Video SUPPLEMENT (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.

Only do this assignment if you are one of the three students who have been specifically told to complete the SUPPLEMENT.


Watch the The Impossible Bridge Video (3:05 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.

Please choose one of the two assignments which follow.  That is, you may do either one.  You do  not have to do both.

SUPPLEMENT OPTION #1:  Prepare a 14 question quiz, with the same guidelines as the original assignment; OR

SUPPLEMENT OPTION #2:  Watch/listen to the video at least twice.  Take detailed notes of the video as if you must give a presentation in class as to the contents.  Turn in your detailed notes, which must be a minimum of one page, normal sized print.


  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