Magazine article Technology and Children

Structures Everywhere!

Magazine article Technology and Children

Structures Everywhere!

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WEB LINKS

There are many Web sites that will help you and your students explore structures and related design topics. Here are some of our favorites.

Building Big is a PBS sponsored site about big buildings and structures such as dams, domes, bridges, buildings, and tunnels for kids and adults. There is information on how forces affect these structures as well as interactive lessons, It's a must for all ages. Check it out at www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/index.htm.

The Brooklyn Bridge Web site describes the history and creation of this structure, the materials used and how they were made, and includes current news on the bridge itself. It even talks about the fact that architects had to actually create materials to construct the bridge. www.endex.com/gf/buildings/bbridge/bbridgefacts.htm

For kids and adults, www.skyscraper.org/ is a site devoted to the tallest buildings and skyscrapers, in the world. A museum will be built in Battery Park, New York City to house many exhibits. This is a good place to start to learn about how people recover from disasters, what causes structures to fall, and how we can engineer better buildings.

Check out The Learning Channel's Web site to find out how certain structures would work in different types of soil, with different kinds of building materials. …

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