Lesson Focus

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


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • 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.


  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.