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Move That Lighthouse!

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how engineers have to evaluate multiple structural, economic, and environmental factors when moving a building.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn how the environment impacts civil engineering.
  • Learn how structures can be moved.
  • Learn how engineering teams address problem solving.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • structural engineering and design
  • problem solving
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students learn how structural, economic, and environmental factors must be evaluated when planning to move a lighthouse or other building. Students work in teams to plan the safe and efficient move of a tower of blocks on a desk in a classroom, execute their plan, and evaluate the strategies employed by other student teams.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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