Gumdrop Bridge

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Teamwork, synergy and continuous improvement were three core values that Shore Road students in Phinola Baeza’s class needed to build a bridge out of gumdrops and toothpicks that was strong enough to hold a notebook.

In order to accomplish their goal, teams of students brainstormed and planned how to construct the bridge. During the construction, they were careful to list their successful team strategies, problems, constraints and obstacles. Upon completion of the task, the teams explained and drew how their final structure differed from the original design.