In my previous post on shapes, we briefly talked about how learning shapes doesn’t have to be confined to a textbook–how shapes help us understand and appreciate the shapes God placed around us.
Understanding how shapes respond to pressure–as well as lots of other math concepts–plays an important role in building bridges. Here are two bridge-building resources you could use with your children as a way to teach them to use math as a God-given, real-life tool.
Golden Gate Bridge – This section of the Golden Gate Bridge site offers lots of useful bridge-making links. There are links you could use with younger children, as well as ones for high schoolers.
Build a Bridge – While this interactive page doesn’t get into much of the math behind building bridges, it gives students an opportunity to explore the properties of different bridge designs and determine which design would be best suited for various situations.
After having her own view of math transformed, Katherine has been researching, writing, and speaking on a biblical worldview of math for more than a decade. Her books on math and a biblical worldview have been used by individuals, homeschool groups, and Christian schools and colleges, and she recently finished a junior high math curriculum. Receive her free Math from a Biblical Worldview e-mail course at mathisnotneutral.com