The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models

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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, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide class members with the grading at the beginning of the project to keep groups on task 
Pros

  • The 13-page packet serves as a guide and record-keeping journal
  • Permits students to explore materials used in structural engineering
  • Structures are tested outside on a sunny day with temperatures recorded every hour
Cons

  • None