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Building Big - Tunnel - Unit 2 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 Tunnels 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.

Newspaper Tower Activity – (20 minutes)

 Student handout

 Educator handout

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

         Complete The Tunnel Challenges (Activity 1-Through a Mountain)

            (40 minutes)

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

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Day 3:  Construction guest speaker from local construction company (1 hour) or

Read the Interview with Tom O'Rourke, Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering .

Discuss this interview in class.

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

                (30 minutes)

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

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

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