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Waterproof that Roof!

Lesson Focus 
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.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • 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
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

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."

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheet (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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