Lesson focuses on how structural engineers have improved the designs of building — specifically roofing — over the years to improve the quality of homes and life. Teams of students work together using simple materials to design a roof that will keep the contents of a box dry during a water test. Students determine both the shape of the roof and materials used for construction, test their designs, and present their findings to the class.
8 – 18
- Learn about structural engineering.
- Learn about materials engineering.
- Learn how engineering can help solve society’s challenges.
- Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
- structural engineering
- water protection strategies
- engineering design
Students learn about structural and materials engineering and work in teams to design, build, and test a roofing system that will keep the contents of a box dry during a classroom “rainstorm.”
- Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
- Student Resource Sheet (attached)
- Student Worksheet (attached)
Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.