Update your homepage to share information about yourself to others in the course.
Observe and accurately record what happens to a material during a test.
Identify and explain the meanings of the terms Stress and Strain
Calculate the cross sectional areas of circles, rectangles, triangles, and combinations of these shapes.
A Stressful Start
Share perceptions on what engineering means to the student.
Design, create and test a simple roof structure.
Record the results of the test and report them through the VHS learning environment.
Develop your understanding of how shape affects the strength of a structure.
Become familiar with the structure of a hands-on activity.
Understand the terms vector, magnitude and direction.
Name and describe the five different types of stress.
Get to know other students by studying their homepages.
Research and Destroy
Develop, identify and apply the vocabulary to describe material properties.
Solve simple stress problems using equations for tension, compression, shear, torsion, and bending.
Accurately observe and record what happens to materials when they break, and under what conditions they break.
Observe objects under stress in your surroundings, and identify the type of stress the objects experience.
Choose the right material for a task based on knowledge of material properties.
Identify at least three structures that are over 100 years old.
Identify and describe how steel is made, shaped, alloyed, and sold.
Calculate the size of a part when you know how much load it must carry, and the material it is made from.
Build a bridge that will solve the design problem presented.
Share experiences of model making with other students.
Design Against Disaster
Identify one historical structure for more detailed research.
Locate and interview a person professionally involved in the design or construction of buildings.
Identify the design brief for the group project.
Solve five different stress problems on an identical part to decide whether or not the strength of a material changes under different loading conditions.
Share thoughts and concerns about working in groups online.
Review research reports by other students on historical structures.
Establish group rules for the group project.
Understand the relationship between changing the dimensions of parts, and the resulting change in stress for a constant load.
Share thoughts and concerns about sharing work online.
Commit to the Project
Read two historical accounts about dedication to a task, and write responses to set questions about the articles.
Complete and submit the report from your interview with a professional.
Coordinate the details of the design for the group project, and designate tasks for each group member.
Understand the relationship between changing the dimensions of parts, and the stress passing through that part.
Focus on Group Planning
Identify the shape factor for a given shape, and compare shape factors for different shapes.
Identify possible examples of accidents waiting to happen in the world around you.
How can careful study of structural failures improve our knowledge of structural engineering practice.
Complete a self-assessment to determine teamwork skills.
Each student will work on production of their part of the group project.
Explain why I-beams are appropriate for loadings in bending and torsion.
Contribute to the weekly discussion on how communities rebuild after a natural disaster.
No Condition is Permanent
Work to finish your portion of the cooperative structure.
Read about ways to make concrete stronger, post comments relating these strategies with stress types.
Review your bridge quiz.
Measure and verify the critical dimensions of your section of the cooperative structure,
Send in your portion of the cooperative structure.
Investigate the roles of designers and builders, post definitions of each.
Research training or schooling options for your preference of designers or builders.
Post photos and comment on this week's work
Towers and Careers
Predict performance of cooperative structure
Make appropriate stress calculations to verify above.
Examine beams and their loading
Make a cliff-hanger structure
Read about simple beams and their reactions to loads and stresses to perform calculations on them.
View and discuss performance of cooperative structure
Research a famous suspension bridge and post short report.
Try a New Design and Testing Yourself
Examine reports on suspension bridges
Build a suspension bridge
Calculate the tensile stress in the cables and the strain in the bridge.
Demonstrate your knowledge about materials, stress, and structures on a final test
Cutting the Ribbons
Investigate structural fatigue
Practice calculations of fatigue
Post a reflection on the Build It course and your intentions regarding design and construction.