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Monday, October 31, 2016
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Have you ever wondered how a bridge is capable of supporting a lot of weight? Using candy and toothpicks, The GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club along with the help of students from HHS's ICan Academy
explored the strength of shapes and how they relate to the structure of bridges. 

ICan members worked one-on-one with teams to reinforce concepts as well as keep their eye out for creative uses of building materials.  

Initially, they found the bridge building very easy, but were surprised during the testing to see their bridge collapse under the weight of caramels.  Teams eventually came up with solutions by making the entire structure lightweight yet strong using triangles and trapezoids. 

Testing was a good experience for all the participants as it demonstrated how materials, geometry and weight placement play a key role in bridge design. 

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