The grade 10 MaST students were assigned the project to build a parabolic arch bridge. With a fictional budget of $1000.00, groups worked together to design their bridge by applying their knowledge of quadratic functions. The bridges had to support a roadway completely suspended from the arch. The roadway had to span 40 cm and the maximum height of their parabolic arch can be 40 cm. Once groups determined their design based on the quadratic function of the parabolic arch, they purchased their materials to assemble their bridge. On the final date of the project, groups were competing against other groups in the areas of maximum weight a bridge can support without collapsing, original design, best budget, most accurate design, best artistic design, and best team. The groups dedicated many hours to build their bridge and were very engaged throughout the entire process.
The grade 10s learned valuable skills in working together, working with a budget, and applying knowledge to solve a problem. Congratulations to all the groups on the success of this project!