DiscoverE Challenge: Critical Load

Take a load off .. and put the weight on a house of cards. Scholars learn about civil engineering and critical loads by building the sturdiest house possible out of a dozen playing cards. They conduct tests by placing pennies or other small weights on their creations.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the activity as part of a remote learning session
  • Have a contest to see which classmate's house of cards can hold the most weight
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson requires playing cards (12 per pupil or group), tape, cardboard, and small weights
  • Provides a teacher reference and printable directions sheet
  • A fun activity keeps young learners engaged in the topic
  • None