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Hailey Morseth (left) and Kylie Booth work on a bridge in the theater at Oltman Middle School. The pair were among 90 eighth-grade students who built the structures as part of a lesson in applied mathematics for their geometry or algebra statistics classes. The bridges will undergo a weight test at Math & Science Night on March 20. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)

Oltman Middle School students get engineering lesson in bridge project

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Tables at Oltman Middle School became miniature construction sites last week as eighth-grade students paired off to construct bridges from popsicle sticks and wood glue.

This was no arts and crafts class, however, but an exercise in designing a sound structure based on mathematical calculations. The students built their bridges in the school theater as an assignment for their geometry or algebra statistics class.

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