Designing and Constructing a Load-Bearing Structure

by: John Eichinger

We rely on many structures to bear loads. Examples such as bridges, chairs, shelves, tall buildings, and even our own legs must support weight consistently and effectively. But where do the human-designed examples come from? Who designs these structures and how do they do it? In this activity, students get to apply science and mathematics as they get a hands-on and process-oriented experience of engineering, architecture, and design. First, they explore the properties of wire as a sculptural medium, and then they utilize some of that knowledge as they devise and build a load-bearing structure using nothing but 10 pipe cleaners.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 5/30/2009Stock # PB236X2_5

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