For this purpose, students will be asked to analyze the different materials and patterns of the bridge, and choose the model's materials that represent the actual materials used on The Brooklyn Bridge. Students will be aware of the importance of model making. The students will experience the process of thinking about a project along with the complexities of the design process the bridge had to go through in the late nineteenth century. The processes included planning, designing, organizing tasks, and, finally, building the bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge. A suspension bridge uses a series of strong cables and stays to suspend the roadway. The model has cables similar in shape to those of the actual bridge and demonstrates the principle of suspension.
The towers students will build could stand on a simple base. In the actual bridge, the towers had be sunk many feet into the riverbed. This was a very dangerous job. The reason for doing this was to provide a sturdy foundation to carry the tremendous weight of the bridge's stone, steel, and cables. The cables of the Brooklyn Bridge were threaded above the main archways. The cables of the Brooklyn Bridge are fastened to massive bases called anchorages located at each end of the bridge. In the student's replica, students will use thick cardboard to form the anchorage.