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ERIC Number: EJ854197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Constructing an Engineering Model for Raising an Egyptian Obelisk
Beck, Charles R.
Technology Teacher, v69 n1 p14-18 Sep 2009
One of the greatest mysteries of ancient times is how the Egyptians managed to raise huge obelisks using very simple technology. This remarkable task has puzzled engineers for thousand of years. After failing to raise an obelisk with simple machines, such as levers and pulleys, a team of modern engineers solved the mystery using a sandpit and the force of gravity. Based on this recent engineering effort to raise an obelisk, this article explains how students can simulate this task by constructing and testing a small engineering model. The task gives students the opportunity to work together in teams and share ideas on how to solve this ancient engineering task without the use of modern machinery. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Egypt