For the second consecutive year, students in Matthew Miller’s fifth-grade class at John S. Hobart Elementary School participated in a fun and interactive engineering experiment and competition to construct bridges designed to hold the weight of textbooks using only popsicle sticks and glue. Students worked together in groups and had to stay within an imaginary budget on parts and supplies. They also had to submit plans to the government (Mr. Miller) for approval. The winning team’s bridge held 44 books, shattering last year’s record of 19.
“I am extremely proud of the students in my class for their incredible dedication to this project,” said Mr. Miller. “Over the course of a month, each group of students needed to submit blueprints, design and construct a bridge, and manage a budget. Developing leadership skills and utilizing teamwork within each group were key components in building a successful bridge. Overall, the results of the contest were amazing; every group did a great job!”
Please see below for an album of additional photos and a short video of the finale!