Semester Vision: Since the class also had STOMP in the fall semester (with one of the same fellows), we decided to group the semester into three larger units that test the students overall engineering abilities. The three units will culminate with the creation of a "city" that combines the different units.
Unit 1: Bridges
The intro activity for the semester was "paper bridges," which was similar to the paper towers activity that started off the fall semester. This time additional material constraints were added to further test the students' abilities. After that the students were given a wider range of materials, examples of different types of bridges, and the class discussed what made a bridge successful.