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Worlds longest suspension bridge

            Video Worksheet

  • How long is the Akashi Kaikyo Suspension Bridge? (1 mark)


  • The Akashi Kaikyo owes its engineering greatness to seven previous inventions. What are each of those inventions? Name the bridge and its innovation that eventually contributed to the construction of the Akashi Kaikyo. (2 marks each)
    • Iron Bridge 30m (First major bridge made out of Cast iron)
    • Menai Bridge 177m (The first modern suspension bridge)
    • Niagara falls bridge 250m (First working railway suspension bridge) (It connected Canada and the USA)
    • Brooklyn bridge 486m (Fist steal wire suspension bridge)
    • Golden gate bridge 1280m (In 1937 it was the tallest and longest suspension bridge)
    • Verrazano narrows bridge 1298m (Longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere)
    • Akashi kaikyo bridge 1991m (in 1998 it had the longest central span of any suspension bridge)

Marshmallow Challenge Reflection Questions

  1. Was there a leader on your team? Who was it and who decided who the leader would be?
    1. Yes. Aiden and I just worked off each other’s ideas.
  2. If you had a leader, how did he/she do?
    1. We did well. We went off the ideas we came up with an improved them.
  3. How helpful was everyone on your team in challenging the process of building the tallest structure? Did anyone appear to be an expert?
    1. We all came up with ideas to help. Aiden and I seemed to be more along the lines of an “expert”
  4. Did any team members tune out of the activity — out of frustration with other members or for some other reason? What could you have done to keep all members of the group fully engaged?
    1. Yes. He only wanted to use his idea and didn’t want to do what the majority agreed on.
  5. Did you feel everyone’s ideas were well received during the activity?
    1. Yes, Aiden and my ideas were well received by each other but the other member didn’t like our Idea.
  6. How did you feel as the time limit was approaching? Did the pressure increase? If yes, was that helpful or not?
    1. I did not feel any pressure when we were closer to the time running out.
  7. In retrospect, what could you have done better?
    1. Less time spent on debating ideas.
  8. Did you celebrate small wins? If yes, how did you do this?
    1. no

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