Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. General
  • 2. Title I School
  • 3. Nevada Education Standards
  • 4. High School Specificatons
  • 5. Middle School
General questions and answers.
Schools that are classified as Title 1 schools by the CCSD.
Questions pertaining exclusively to the high school specifications
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  • 1. How can we receive and pay for Bridge-Kits?
     

    There are 2 answers to this questions…

     

    1. Bridge-kits can be picked up from any one of our two pick-up locations.  The pick-up procedure is as follows:

    • Contact the committee member at your preferred pick-up location and schedule a pick-up time.
    • Turn in a completed Registration Form at the time of pick-up
    • Make payment at the time of pick-up.  Title 1 schools are exempt from payment but should still turn in a completed Registration Form.


    2. Acquire Bridge-kits, Registration, and Payment can all be done during our Teachers Workshop scheduled to occur at UNLV on January  13, 2016. 

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  • 2. How many bridges can be entered per school?
     

    Up to 10 bridges can be entered per school.  Of the 10 bridges submitted, the top 5 bridges will be used to determine the school or group score.

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  • 3. Is there a limit to the number of schools a teacher can sponsor?
     

    No. We understand there are a number of teachers whom travel to multiple schools for various teaching assignments. Our goal is to provide this competition to any and all students and we will afford, to the best of our ability, the necessary flexibility to any teacher or sponsor willing to help us achieve that goal.

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  • 4. How many bridges are allowed to be entered per school?
     

    There is a limit of 10 official bridges allowed to be entered from each school.  From the 10 official bridges, the 5 highest performing bridges will be used in the calculation to determine the winner of the school competition traveling trophy.

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  • 5. What time should I arrive to the contest?
     

    Typically, we advise teachers and students to arrive at the competition about a half hour before their scheduled testing time.  This should provide enough time for each student to complete the specifications check prior to their school's scheduled time slot.

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  • 6. Can you please clarify the minimum width for the Middle School specifications?
     

    The minimum width for bridges designed under the Middle School specifications is 50 mm. Therefore no portion of the bridge may be measured at a distance smaller than this value.

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  • 1. Is there a limit to the number of Title I schools a teacher can sponsor and still receive cost-free bridge kits for each school?
     

    No. We understand there are a number of teachers whom travel to multiple schools for various teaching assignments. Our goal is to provide this competition to any and all students and we will afford, to the best of our ability, the necessary flexibility to any teacher or sponsor willing to help us achieve that goal.

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  • 2. How many cost-free bridge kits are available to teachers or sponsors of a Title 1 school?
     

    Because we have had such generous sponsors, we are able to provide a limited number of cost-free Bridge Kits to Title 1 schools.  Each Title 1 school can receive up to 10 cost-free Bridge Kits.  We encourage Title 1 teachers and sponsors to only request the number of Bridge Kits they intend to use.

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  • 3. How many bridges are allowed to be entered per school?
     

    There is a limit of 10 official bridges allowed to be entered from each school.  From the 10 official bridges, the 5 highest performing bridges will be used in the calculation to determine the winner of the school competition traveling trophy.

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  • 1. How does this competition align with the Nevada Education Standards?
     

    DISCLAIMER: ANY INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IN REGARDS TO NEVADA EDUCATION STANDARDS ARE THE SOLE PRODUCT OF THE STUDENT MODEL BRIDGE BUILDING COMMITTEE AND SHOULD NOT BE MISCONSTRUED AS AN OFFICIAL RELEASE OF INFORMATION FROM THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUACTION, NEVADA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, OR THE CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

    The Student Model Bridge Contest affords teachers an opportunity to introduce the fundamental concepts of physics and engineering while reinforcing developmental concepts of math and science.  We have prepared a narrative to help teachers articulate how this contest satisfies the Middle School and High School Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science performance expectation of the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Understand that we are not teachers and have no experience writing learning objectives or lessons plans, so please use this information at your own discretion and provide feedback to us if you identify areas of improvement that might help your fellow educators.

     

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  • 1. What method will be used to measure the clearance at the mid-span of the bridge?
     

    The bridge dimensions will be checked using a measurement jig standardized to the specifications to assure all contestant bridges are measured in a similar manor. The jig will have a marking positioned 20 mm from the bottom of the jog the judges will use to assure the clearance specification is satisfied. 

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  • 1. Can you please clarify the minimum width for the Middle School specifications?
     

    The minimum width for bridges designed under the Middle School specifications is 50 mm. Therefore no portion of the bridge may be measured at a distance smaller than this value.

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