Keith Gray’s Class Builds Bridges

On the 10th Freshman students began to build bridges in Keith Gray’s physics class. The class was given various materials to construct a strong and supportive bridge. The main task was to create enough structure so that it holds a 2-kilometer object on top of it.

Freshman CJ O’Neil and Cosmo Pallazola apply finishing touches to one side of their bridge. O’Neil and Pallazola chose to divide and conquer with this project, splitting up the jobs. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman CJ O’Neil and Cosmo Pallazola apply finishing touches to one side of their bridge. O’Neil and Pallazola chose to divide and conquer with this project, splitting up the jobs. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Keith Gray’s supplies are given to the class before beginning the activity. Freshman had a hard time rationing their glue sticks, which resolved in a weaker bridge. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Keith Gray’s supplies are given to the class before beginning the activity. Freshman had a hard time rationing their glue sticks, which resolved in a weaker bridge. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Summer Burroughs begins to build her bridge after carefully planning out every aspect of her design. In many students opinion, the wooden sticks were a good material to use in order to increase the amount of support for the bridge. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Summer Burroughs begins to build her bridge after carefully planning out every aspect of her design. In many students opinion, the wooden sticks were a good material to use in order to increase the amount of support for the bridge. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Grace Dolan measures the length that her bridge will be. Students did a good job planning their designs according to the requirements. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Grace Dolan measures the length that her bridge will be. Students did a good job planning their designs according to the requirements. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Students Christian Blank and Liam Folk begin to put their bridge together. Various trials were done in this lab to make the best bridge possible. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students Christian Blank and Liam Folk begin to put their bridge together. Various trials were done in this lab to make the best bridge possible. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
 Freshman Summer Burroughs and Katie Donnelly plan out their design. Burroughs and Donnelly thought carefully about parts of the bridge they would need to make stronger to hold the 2-kilogram object. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Summer Burroughs and Katie Donnelly plan out their design. Burroughs and Donnelly thought carefully about parts of the bridge they would need to make stronger to hold the 2-kilogram object. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Physics teacher Keith Gray explains the task for the class by drawing a visual for students to look at. The required length of the bridge needed to be 20 cm long to fully complete this assignment. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Physics teacher Keith Gray explains the task for the class by drawing a visual for students to look at. The required length of the bridge needed to be 20 cm long to fully complete this assignment. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Elizabeth Hull and Kara Welch piece together parts of their bridge. Both students said the activity was fun but frustrating at certain points. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman Elizabeth Hull and Kara Welch piece together parts of their bridge. Both students said the activity was fun but frustrating at certain points. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Gray’s freshman class prepares for the first trials of their bridges. Students say the hardest part of this lab was trying to create the bridge to the requirement to hold a 2-kilometer object. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gray’s freshman class prepares for the first trials of their bridges. Students say the hardest part of this lab was trying to create the bridge to the requirement to hold a 2-kilometer object. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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