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“This program provides a much needed link between scientific and mathematic principles and practical applications. It does this while still allowing for personal expression and encouraging creativity.”

Will Kotterman,
EAA Volunteer

THE STUDENT IMPACT PROJECT

The Student Impact Project is designed to bring structural engineers and design professionals into the classroom to teach and engage students in the design and construction of original to-scale model bridges constructed from rudimentary materials with structural integrity. The curriculum consists of a ten week program from February to April, with a final event in PG&E’s auditorium with all participating teams presenting their bridges. The program takes place in high schools in San Francisco and the East Bay. A team of 3-5 engineers jointly teaches each class while an experienced lead engineer coordinates the lesson plans. Our volunteer structural engineers bring with them a deep knowledge of their field and act as teacher/mentors while working in concert with classroom educators. Students are more engaged and more motivated because they are working with professionals face to face on a weekly basis.

COMPETITION

Student teams select a bridge design scenario for which they compete to win a “design contract.” Teams design and build a model bridge and present their bridge design with a written essay and oral presentation to a panel of judges at the end of the process. Entries are judged and given a cumulative score for artistic design, written and oral presentation, and design integrity and solution.

 BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
  • Foamboard
  • String
  • Elastic cord
  • Pins (T-head and flat head)
  • Glue
  • Ping pong balls
  • Bricks (as anchorage or backstay weight)
  • White Construction Paper
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