Our sixth grade students have been working on designing and building the strongest bridge possible—on time and within budget. "Through this project, we integrate complex mathematical concepts into a real-life setting," said teacher Melissa Freeman. Students work in small groups, acting as construction companies, with roles such as architect, accountant, transportation chief, and project director. The only materials allowed are popsicle sticks, glue, and cardboard, and the groups' creations will soon be put to the test to see how much weight they can hold. "Last year's winner held over 300 pounds," said Freeman. Stay tuned for this year's results!