REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., (June 23, 2010) -- Students in the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science Program gathered at the Software Engineering Directorate here to use math skills, string, hot glue, and no more than 50 Popsicle sticks to construct an 11-inch, structurally sound bridge.
Michael Delano, left, and Kendall Liggin deduce the angles they believe their bridge will be able to support the most weight. Delano's bridge supported 70 pounds, one of the strongest bridges tested during the week-long GEMS program.
"Students get 1 to 1½ hours a day Monday to Thursday to work on their projects. Then on Friday they see how well what they learned comes together," said Melonie Hanson, GEMS lead instructor.
About 20 students take part in each session of a GEMS' week. AMRDEC conducts three GEMS 1 classes, two GEMS 2 classes, and one GEMS 3 class during a typical summer. Once students have completed a session, they have the opportunity to apply next year to participate in the next higher level and to continue build their knowledge, skills and abilities all while having fun.
For more information on GEMS and other Educational Outreach Programs offered at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center visit http://www.redstone.army.mil/amrdec/CareerOpp/outreachprograms.html#gems.
(Submitted by Randy Siniard, AMRDEC Public Affairs)