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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Some Albany 5th graders put their skills to use this week by building bridges. And after their masterpieces were complete, they busted them!

That was the scene today at L.I.F.E. lab, the gifted program for Dougherty County 5th grade students. The students were given a budget of one a half million dollars to design and build a bridge. They used that fictional money to purchase lumber, represented by matchsticks, pay for labor and to design a functionally sound and attractive bridge.

Team Teacher Anne Dodson said, "Today we're busting the bridges just to test the strength if it's a beautiful design, seeing how strong that design is."

Most bridges could only handle a couple of pounds before breaking or collapsing. One bridge held up for the longest, it withstood six and a half pounds before breaking.

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