You don’t have to look very far to see the works of human design and architecture. Your home, your school, your local store – before they were built, they were all designed with you in mind! Grab your pencil and paper and get your creative juices flowing at the Wonder Studio!
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From the Ground, Up!
Constructing a building isn't easy, especially without power tools! In this activity, you will explore famous buildings throughout history while building the city of your dreams!
Go to the Resources section below to learn about building bridges, tunnels, dams, domes, or skyscrapers to explore methods of construction and design.
What building principles did you use to construct your city? How does environment (climate, presence of mountains or water, etc.) affect your designs? What was successful about your design? What would you do differently?
Why does that happen?
You probably discovered that some of your designs worked very well, while others did not. In order to build something, it's important to have a solid base, especially as the structure gets taller. The base and the structural supports of a building must be able to bear the weight and pressure of the entire building and everything in it. Engineers use 3-D stress analysis computer software to calculate and plan out how a building or structure will be assembled so it will be safe and secure.
Now that you have finished your city of structures, try connecting your city to a small town. What different structures might you build for a small town that are different than a big city?
This activity was provided by Covina Public Library in Covina, California.