Monday, January 31, 2011

Simulation based design of bridges

Bridges are an excellent example of real world structures that can be used to introduce students to many important STEM concepts. A free desktop software called West Point Bridge Designer is available from the U.S. Military Academy. The software installed without problems and I was up and running in just a few minutes (see screenshot below).

Graphics are great, as is the coverage of all the different aspects of a real world bridge design project, ranging from engineering to economics. Great for kids at any level.

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