Several different industry groups provide K-12 resources. Some of these resources are summarized on this page.
Florida Prestressed Concrete Association (FPCA) has a “White Board” series of videos explaining several different concepts related to prestressed/precast concrete. These videos are primarily focused on buildings, but many of the concepts discussed are still applicable to prestressed, precast bridge structures. One example of this whiteboard series can be found here: Precast Prestressed Concrete: A Total Construction Solution.
The FPCA also has several links discussing different aspects of precast prestressed bridges, including:
- Bridge Design: https://www.myfpca.org/bridge-design
- Transportation Components: https://www.myfpca.org/transportation-components
- Precast Bridge Decks: https://www.myfpca.org/precast-bridge-decks
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has many educational resources available as well. Most of these resources are designed for college students, young professionals, and design professionals.
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is passionate about introducing K-12 students to the exciting career opportunities in the design and construction world. They offer coloring book pages, “Steel Libs”, crossword puzzles, a puzzle of the week, and more on their K-12 website: https://www.aisc.org/education/k-12/.
The Bridge Designer free software provides students (and adults) the ability to design and analyze many different types of bridges. This software provides tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) currently does not have any K-12 activities available.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has K-12 bridge engineering curriculum products available for purchase through https://tracrides.transportation.org/.
- K-8: Roadways in Developing Elementary Schools (RIDES) PAC
- 7-12: Transportation Research Activities Center (TRAC) PAC