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Technology Standard

 

[Technological Design] Standard 9: Students will develop an understanding of engineering design.
Standard 11 - Students will develop abilities to apply the Design Process.

[Technological Literacy] Standard 1: Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology.

Efficiency = Failure Weight / Tower Weight

Learning Targets:

1. Learn basic engineering principles
2. Identify basic shapes that form structures
3. Design a tower for structural strength, that will hold weight (Support a Load)
4. Use the student made design to construct a tower using given materials

BASIC ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES AND DEFINITIONS

Tension: the action of being stretched to stiffness

Compression: the action of being pressed or squeezed

Weight: a load with a certain heaviness, a specific force due to gravity

Support: to hold up or serve as a foundationrt

 

Towers

Day 1
Engineering Towers Pre-Test

~ Activity - Draw Full size Side View Patterns
S-1 Activity (Video)

Day 2
Quia Research Example

Quia Research

~ Activity - Finish full size drawings, then watch Video
S-2 Activity (Video)

Day 3
Quia Research

~ Activity - Build outer structure of tower with Balsa Wood Sticks
S-3 Activity
(Video)

Day 4
Quia Research

~ Activity - Horizontal pieces of tower with Balsa Wood Sticks
S-4 Activity
(Video)


Day 5

Quia Research

~ Activity - Diagonal pieces of tower with Balsa Wood Sticks
S-5Activity
(Video)

Day 6
Study Guide


~ Activity - Last day to work on Tower Panels
~ Watch Video if you completed all four panels
S-6 Activity


Day 7

Post Test

~ Activity - Assemble Tower Panels, weigh & tag your structure
S-7 Activity
(Video)

Module Records

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Tower Module Record

S-2 Activity
S-3 Activity
S-4 Activity
S-5Activity
Towers Study Guide

Towers Post Test
S-7 Activity