Students from the Engineering Mechanics class were assigned a very thin and frail sheet of Balsa wood (1/8”*4”*36”) and told to construct a bridge using their knowledge on trusses and forces. The real challenge, here was trying to build a structurally sound system that could withstand a reasonable amount of force. This task was further complicated by the fact that the bridge itself would be very light (typically less than an ounce), and when a load is applied onto the bridge, the individual members of the trusses would experience the force in tension or compression diagonally, vertically or horizontally. This made for an interesting test to see how well students could implement their knowledge of two force members in a truss and how well they could use that knowledge practically.
Story by Julien Thomas/Nevon Moore – Video by Julien Thomas/Aaron Abboud
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