Grades 5th To 7th
Let’s build it up and break it down! Join us as our students explore various aspects of architecture and civil engineering while dissecting the life cycle of famous buildings. Upon deciding the function of their structure, our aspiring architects and engineers step through structural milestones ranging from design and scale model development to construction, operation, and ultimately demolition. Along the way kids learn the scientific principles behind various topics including the geometry of supporting structures, types of construction materials, and elevator physics and functionality. Hands-on projects include construction machinery such as miniature hydraulic lifts and models of civil engineering wonders like truss bridges. The class wraps up with students testing the physical limits of their supporting structures – and then lining them up for the wrecking ball!
Additional Topics Include: Variations in Architectural Design, Plumbing and HVAC Systems, Earthquake Simulation/Structural Design, Construction Methods and Technology, Powering a Building