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Building Big - Dams - Unit 4 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 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.

Paper Bridge Activity

(20 minutes)

Student handout

Educator handout

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

            Complete The Dam Challenges (Arch Dam & Earthen Dam) 

            (40 minutes)

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

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

Read the Interview with Andrew Straz, Civil Engineer.

Discuss this interview in class.

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Day 4:  Students use Engineer’s Notebook to  solve the remaining 

             Two Dam challenges.

            (30 minutes)

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

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

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