Architectural and Structural Engineering Teacher Resources

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The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire sunny day. Intended as a long-term project, pupils research, plan,...
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Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
"By the hair on your chinny-chin-chin, I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," says the big, bad wolf! Engineering hopefuls are challenged to design and construct a hurricane-proof building from simple office and craft...
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The Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Water is essential to life on earth. How is it then, that people can survive in desert regions with very limited access to fresh water? Through ingenious architecture and engineering, communities in India's Golden Desert have been able...
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Building a Skyscraper

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third instructional activity in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when...
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What is a Skyscraper?

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Skyscrapers are amazing feats of architectural design that create the iconic skylines of the world's biggest cities. Young architects explore the defining characteristics of these monstrous towers with the first lesson in this four-part...
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Building a Skyscraper

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third activity in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the...
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Epic Engineering: Building the Brooklyn Bridge

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewSometimes bridge building is a family business. An enlightening video describes the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the engineering principles behind suspension bridges. Viewers also learn about the people who led the project,...
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Retrofitting Suburbia

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
An award-winning architect speaks about the need to rehabilitate underused parking lots, past-their-prime shopping malls, and other structures. She gets us to take a look at successful retrofits and proposes plans to give others a...
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MCA Building-Architecture

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners explore principles of design and mathematics to create structures as well as the aesthetic considerations involved in designing a building. They design a museum reflecting what is inside the museum while demonstrating an...
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Architecture on Ice: The Challenge of Building on Permafrost

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science lesson, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing...
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Architecture: It's Elementary!—Fifth Grade

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young citizens construct an understanding of urban planning in this cross-curricular unit. Covering every aspect of city development from the political, economic, and social influences to sustainable building practices, this 10-lesson...
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ArtStraw Architecture

For Teachers 5th - 12th
While architects and engineers don't often build with plastic straws and foam board, the same principles still apply. Challenging both the creativity and critical thinking of students, this engaging design project is perfect for art and...
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Building Big and Strong

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Middle and high schoolers explore the concepts of architectural rigidity. They analyze a variety of polygons, and explain why some shapes add more strength to structures than others. The PBS video, "Building Big," is utilized in this plan.
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The Effects of Earthquakes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Liquefaction is when the soil behaves like a liquid due to stress, such as an earthquake. Pupils see this in action when they observe liquefaction and the impact on buildings in the fourth part of a unit of five. Then they must determine...
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Marshmallow Towers

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students explore geometry by completing a marshmallow activity in class. In this architecture lesson, students identify the jobs of civil engineers and architects while identifying different geometric shapes as well. Students utilize...
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Engineering an Empire - Egypt - Part 1/10

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Imagine building a 49 foot dam with no cranes, trucks, or earth-movers. Narrated by Peter Weller, part one of a 10-part History Channel series on the feats of early Egyptian engineers, looks at the first dam in recorded world history....
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Waterproofing the Roof

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Can your pupils build a roof that stands the test of time? Use an insightful engineering design project to highlight both materials science and architecture. Scholars either team up or work as individuals to design, create, and test a...
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Building for the Big One

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students build and test structures that can best withstand earthquakes. They create their structures from playdough, cornstarch, grape-nuts and popsicle sticks and place their structures on a "shake table."
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Contributions of Ancient Rome

For Teachers 7th - 9th
What contributions did Rome make that inspired much of Western Civilization? Art, architecture, government, and engineering, of course. This slide show is not very in-depth, but it would be an adequate review tool.
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Design a Dome

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Do domed structures have advantages over their less-than-spherical counterparts? Junior architects explore the pros and cons of domes through a design challenge. Teams work together to plan, sketch, build, and test domes created from an...
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Design and Draw a Mixed-Media Structure

For Students 9th - 12th
Mix up your lessons with a resource on mixed-media structures. Scholars design a structure out of paper, balloons, and string that will lift a pencil to the greatest height; they construct the structure at a later time. 
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It's a Church. It's a Mosque. It's Hagia Sophia

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The artistic intricacies of the Hagia Sophia are highlighted and creatively woven together with illustrations of its rich history in this engaging, animated video. Viewers will take a close look at highlights of the engineering marvel,...
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Concept Structures In Architecture

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders classify, demonstrate, examine and appraise construction technology. They design, draw and build scale model of a Las Vegas-type building to help them realize that the design of a structure requires interaction of style.
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Designing an Earthquake-resistant Structure

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students attempt to design and build the most stable "earthquke resistant" structure. They create model buildings and test them on a shake table to see which design holds up the best.