GIVE Grant: Building Bridges

Chartiers Valley Education Foundation awarded a GIVE Grant to Sara Benis for the “Building Bridges” project. This project allows students the opportunity to design and build a bridge from balsa wood kits. Students then suspend containers of sand from the bottom of the bridge until it reaches its capacity.

With each addition of new weight, students evaluate the efficiency of their bridge by calculating the weight-to-strength ratio and observe the point at which the bridge is no longer capable of holding more weight.