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Building Big - Domes - Unit 5 Outline

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This curriculum is designed around the Building Big Web Site created by PBS. The curriculum is a very good example of integration of technology in the classroom.


Day 1: Watch Building Bridges Dome video (45 minutes)

This is optional as each activity can stand independently. Tapes can be purchased from the web site or borrowed from many public libraries.

Domes Activity – (20 minutes)

Student handout

Educator handout

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Day 2: Dome Basics Web Site – (10 minutes)

            Complete The Dome Challenges (Location 1) 

            (40 minutes)

Students use Engineer’s Notebook to predict and record their findings.

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Day 3: Structural Engineer guest speaker from a local company (1 hour) or

Read the Interview with Matthys Levy, P.E. Structural Engineer.

Discuss this interview in class.

(1 hour)

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Day 4:  Students use Engineer’s Notebook and website to solve the remaining two Dome Challenges.

            (30 minutes)

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Day 5:  Students design and build a dam as described in the 

           Educator's Guide Dome Challenge. (1 to 1 ½ hours)

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