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#1. May 23, 2012
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Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. How to Build a Bridge
by Barbara J. Feldman
How to Build a Bridge Printable (** for premium members only)
A bridge is a structure built over an obstacle to provide passage for cars, people, trains, animals and bicycles. Engineers generally design bridges in one of six types (beam, cantilever, arch, suspension, cable-stayed or truss) although bridges can be a combination of several types. Learn more at this week’s roundup of engineering sites.
John Hopkins University: Bridge Designer
This Java game from Johns Hopkins University lets you design trusses in your browser! “Trusses are composed of straight members connected at their ends by hinged connections to form a stable configuration. When loads are applied to a truss only at the joints, forces are transmitted only in the direction of each of its members.” Read the simple directions, then click through to the game page.
This introduction to the bridges of Allegheny County (in Pennsylvania) is a great place to start your bridge education. It illustrates simple spans, trusses, beams and arches. There is also a wonderful bridge glossary page; look for “Terminology: Bridge” in the left-hand menu. “Abutment: Part of a structure which supports the end of a span or accepts the thrust of an arch; often supports and retains the approach embankment.”
PBS: Building Big: Bridges
The PBS television series Building Big includes bridges, as well as domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. This Bridges section features Bridge Basics, a game quiz (The Bridge Challenge) and a fabulous Flash lesson on forces. “Forces act on big structures in many ways: squeezing, stretching, bending, sliding and twisting.” Click on any of the forces to see real-life examples.
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#5. Surfing the Calendar
National Backyard Games Week
May 21-25, 2012
Margaret Wise Brown’s Birthday
May 23, 1910
World Turtle Day
May 23, 2012
Hurricane Preparedness Week
May 25-31, 2012
Cellophane Tape Patented
May 27, 1930
Golden Gate Bridge Opened
May 27, 1937
National Spelling Bee Week
May 27-Jun 1, 2012
Sojourner Truth Gives “Ain’t I Woman?” Speech
May 28-29, 1851
May 28, 2012
John F. Kennedy’s Birthday
May 29, 1917
First Daily American Newspaper Published
May 30, 1783
#6. Quote of the Week
“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” ~~ Francis Scott Key ~~ (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) American lawyer and amateur poet known for writing the lyrics of the “Star-Spangled Banner”. Click here for more freedom quotes.
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