My students at Everett Middle School come from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This school year, approximately 72 % of our students are living at or below the poverty line in San Francisco. While Everett is performing at a higher level than it was 5 years ago, it still has a long way to go. Academic scores remain in the lower percentile amongst all middle schools in SFUSD, and have remained stagnant for the past few years
Here at Everett, the elective courses have been redesigned to provide a truly enriching space for students to use use outside of the box thinking in a subject area that they choose.
The students in the Design & Architecture course are learning how to design, sketch, and build structures & solutions using a variety of concepts that are used around the world.
The toothpick bridge design challenge will empower students to use various design & architectural concepts/strategies to replicate a bridge using toothpicks, hot glue guns, & hot glue sticks. Each student will use a hot glue gun, a bag of hot glue sticks, and a small box of toothpicks to to carefully design and construct a model bridge.
In this Design & Architecture, students will work in small groups of 2-3 to research any bridge they choose from around the world & replicate it using precision, creativity, concentration, and teamwork to effectively design & build a model bridge.
Students will spend approximately 3-4 days researching a bridge of their choice (they will be provided many examples of bridges from around the world - Bali, England, Miami, NYC, South Africa, Hong Kong, Moscow, Sweden, Peru, SF, etc.). They will draw blueprints & sketches, and then move forward in designing a prototype/model of the bridge. We will end with a gallery walk & celebration of the students work.
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