Instant Challenge: Bridge Builder
I already told you about this, but I’m going to tell you a little bit more. And show some footage of the event, in a little bit.
Very cool blogger and homeschooling mom, Michelle, is hosting a weekly Instant Challenge. Her “meme” (somebody please develop a new word or tell me of a synonym for “meme”) evoked in me a memory of an intimidating grade school event. . . Math Pentathlon. That brainy math club always left my hands clammy and my heart thumping in my eardrums. Maybe it was the scary teacher who headed it up. But I avoided this elite “club” as if was the H1N1 virus itself.
I, of course, am going to make sure that my sons have no fear of using their brains. I want to teach them to think under pressure. I want them to learn creativity under boundaries. Additionally, I knew that this Instant Challenge ranks right up there as fun for the Hottie Hubby!
The goal was to build a bridge to join our two land masses, without touching the water. We began with a deck of cards, a pair of scissors, and pretend water nestled between the state of Mr. Smackdown and the state of Mr. Me-Too.
Forget the scissors. Tearing through the rubble would work just as well.
- Start with a strong foundation.
- Use a deep, hollow beam configuration to resist a bending failure.
- Curl the cards and stuff them inside your hollow beam to resist a lateral torsion failure.
- Be glad that real bridges aren’t built out of cards.