• 77°
The Madison Record

Discovery builds bridges with UAH engineers

Engineering majors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are building bridges, on paper and in partnerships, with students at Discovery Middle School.

Tau Beta Pi (TBP) engineering honor society at UAH is working with Discovery eighth-graders in Jane Caudle’s physical science class. They are exploring modules in TBP’s Mindset program to build bridges.

TBP realizes the challenges that U.S. students are facing in preparing for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. American students strive to rank equally with peers in many developed countries.

With that focus, modules in the society’s MindSET program reinforce STEM principles, either in a classroom environment or with activities that improve students’ spatial, temporal or reasoning ability (tbpmindset.org).

For the bridges module, Discovery students worked to build a bridge to span a distance of 12 inches. Instead of girders and riveted bolts, students used Popsicle sticks, tacks and tape.

They wrote a report that itemized expenses and design procedure, Caudle said. MindSET guidelines outlined the aesthetics, load capacity for the bridge, weight and efficiency of dimensions.

UAH students pointed out that highway overpasses are bridges, too. Students worked with statistics for bridge capacity, such as traffic loads of 1,800 cars per hour.

Caudle’s class became comfortable in working with common units like pounds, minutes and miles. Students had to differentiate between weight and mass.

UAH engineers and the Discovery eighth-graders viewed the differences with suspension, beam, truss and arch bridges.

In a test exercise, Discovery students were ‘hired’ by a town mayor to design and build a bridge with gap to span of 200 feet. A lane was 8 feet, 4 inches wide. They calculated scale, height and other parameters.

Madison

Players gain skills in Fall Scholars Chess Tournament

Madison

Check out the October 2022 Madison Living Magazine

Harvest

World War II veteran Major Wooten, 105, loved country and his family

Madison

Madison Street Festival celebrates 40th anniversary in big way

Madison

Have a fun scare at library’s Mad Movie-A-Thon-O-Rama!

Madison

Space Week takes Horizon students on aerospace, tech discoveries

Madison

City urges caution as paving progresses on Hughes Road

Bob Jones High School

Madison City Chess League forms new group for adults

Madison

Madison City Schools named best Alabama school district

Madison

Mercy Wolverton impressively masters hi-tech study, business

Madison

At Madison Street Festival, veterans to show fighter helicopter from Vietnam War

Madison

Local marching bands to be featured at “March on Madison” tonight

Madison

MSF’s Community Showcase promises array of talent

Madison

Brooms, mops in Lions Club sale to raise funds for vision projects

Harvest

Local musicians to jam at Madison Street Festival

Madison

Trash Pandas fall 4-2, Tennessee evens series

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Athletic Hall Of Fame Accepting Nominations

Harvest

Railyard BBQ Brawl and Music Festival returns Oct. 29

Bob Jones High School

Tommy Overcash appointed to Madison Board of Education

Madison

Children vulnerable for troubled mental health, Cook says

Madison

Fast start leads Trash Pandas to 9-5 in playoff game 1 win

Harvest

Updating state’s 1901 Constitution on November ballot

James Clemens High School

Boynton champions languages with ‘A Seal of Biliteracy’

Madison

Jessica Penot to discuss ‘Haunted North Alabama’

x