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ERIC Number: EJ904766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Building Models to Better Understand the Importance of Cost versus Safety in Engineering
Sumrall, William; Mott, Michael
Science Scope, v34 n3 p45-52 Nov 2010
While some disasters involving engineered structures are due to events in nature (e.g., tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes), others may be caused by inadequate materials, design flaws, and poor maintenance. These catastrophes result in the loss of human lives and cost billions of dollars. In the set of lessons described here, students design a tower, select building materials, determine building costs, and identify safety concerns. Working in groups with defined roles, students are actively engaged in project development, implementation, and evaluation. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A