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Daily Archives: June 1, 2009

Ved- “We’re making a bridge.”

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Teacher- “Are you going to make it strong enough to stand on, like the other day?”

Ved- “We’re going to make it bigger!”


Ved- “It’s got lots of balance.”

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The boys built the bridge and tried to stand on it, but it collapsed.

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They re-built it, and sat on the edge of it so I could take their picture.  However, it collapsed again.

Teacher- “Let’s try to build it a different way to make it stronger.”

All- “YEAH!”

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The boys gathered more students and combined building projects to have more materials.

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Student- “Try it!”

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First 2, and then 3 boys successfully stood on the bridge.

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Teacher- “Is it strong enough for you all to stand on?”

Ved- “No!  We need more people on it!”

T- “How can you do that?”

Vineet- “Make it longer!”

All- “YEAH! Longer!”

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They tried again.  First 1 boy, then 2, then 3 stepped onto the bridge.  A 4th boy stood on the bridge, and the end collapsed.

Student- “Can we fit more?”

Kris- “No.”

Teacher- “Can you build it so more people can fit on?”

All- “YEAH!”

T-  “How can we do it?”

Kris- “We have brains!”

T- “I know you do!”

Kris- “We need more bricks to put it up.”

The goal became to make the bridge longer to fit more people on.

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Kris- “I know what I’m thinking!  We need more blocks.”

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The boys figured out to take the pile of blocks from the end of their bridge to add to the surface.

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“Let’s try it!”

The boys successfully had 6 people standing on their bridge.

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Teacher- “Let’s try to get 7 people on!”

It worked!

Ved- “I think we can have 10!”

T- “You can?”

All- “Yeah!”

The boys started to build the bridge higher.

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Teacher- “If you want to fit 10 people on your bridge, do you need to make it taller or longer?”

All- “Longer!”

Ved- “We’re going to fit 12!”

Kris- “We’re going to make it for 12 tomorrow!”

The boys continued building…

Ved and Kris started to construct ‘steps’ at the sides, which would allow 1 more person to fit on their structure.

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Kris- “We are tired of building.”

Suddenly, one student rolled a wooden ball across the bridge.

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Kris- “Wow!  How did you do that?”

Suddenly, all of the boys were rolling wooden spheres and lego cars across the bridge.

Kris- “Hey, we made a ramp.”

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