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NOVA: Super Bridge.

Grade Levels: 6 - 12
Core Subject(s): CTE/Work-Based Learning
Length: 01:52:54
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When the old Clark bridge at Alton, Illinois, became less fit for carrying traffic across the Mississippi River, a team of designers and engineers was called in to apply its knowledge of science and art to build a new bridge. The team faced numerous challenges. How could team members construct towers that would support the weight of the bridge, road, and traffic load, build a bridge while not interfering with river barge traffic and design a bridge that would be within budget, aesthetic, and safe? In this two-hour special, NOVA tracks the work of engineers, construction crews, contractors, surveyors, and project managers as they build the new Clark bridge from the ground up. Additional resources can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge/

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