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Children's Engineering:
Structures, Forces, Loads, Materials

The links below are intended to provide background knowledge to in-service teachers taking James Madiston University Course ISAT 501. Sites are not listed in any particular order.
(Adults should ALWAYS preview sites before providing them to children.)

TechnologyStudent.com (A Design & Technology Site)
http://www.technologystudent.com/index.htm

Structures
http://www.technologystudent.com/struct1/struindex.htm

Frames
http://www.technologystudent.com/struct1/frame1.htm

Beams and Sections
http://www.technologystudent.com/struct1/beam1.htm

Forces and Movements
http://www.technologystudent.com/forcmom/forcedex.htm

  • Types of Forces
  • Struts and Ties
  • Structural Forces
  • More Forces in Action  (shows truss bridge with forces identified)
  • Even More Forces in Action (shows cantilevered plant holder with forces identified)
  • Classes of Lever
  • Moments of Force and Example Questions

Building Big  - PBS Boston – WGBH Educational Foundation
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/

Bridges 
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/bridge/index.html

Bridge Basics – Find out how forces act of various types of bridges
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/bridge/basics.html

Forces Lab
This lab simplifies the real-life forces and actions that affect structures, in order to illustrate key concepts.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/forces.html

Loads Lab
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/loads.html

Materials Lab
This lab simplifies the real-life properties of a selection of materials, on order to illustrate key concepts.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/materials.html

Shapes Lab
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/shapes.html

Building Big Glossary
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/glossary_head.html

Mini-Activity: Arm Cantilever
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/educator/act_mini_cantilever.html

Activity: Tug-Push-Twist-O’War
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/educator/act_tug_ho.html

Bridges and Structures Home:
http://www.pennridge.org/works/bridges.html

Structural Concepts
http://www.pennridge.org/works/structhm.html

Structures in Nature
http://www.pennridge.org/works/structnat1.html

More Structures in Nature
http://www.pennridge.org/works/structnat2.html

Beam & Column Structures (Column, Beam, Post & Lintel)
http://www.pennridge.org/works/beamstruct.html

Arch Structures (Arch and Keystone, Dome, Barrel Vault)
http://www.pennridge.org/works/archstruct.html

Cantilever Structures (Cantilever, Corbeled Arch)
http://www.pennridge.org/works/cantstruct.html

Bridge Types (Beam, cantilever, draw, truss bridges)
http://www.pennridge.org/works/brbeam.html

Bridge Types: (Arch and Suspension Bridges)
http://www.pennridge.org/works/brarchsusp.html

Bridge Constructions
http://www.pennridge.org/works/brdgconst.html
This page links to actual construction/repair photos of various types of bridge construction.

  • Structural repairs
  • Roof repairs
  • Deck repairs
  • Piers and abutments
  • Wood arch structures
  • Aqueducts
  • Headwall construction

TEACH Engineering Resources for K-12
This is an excellent site to build
Background and Concepts for Teachers.

TE Activity: Bridge Types: Tensile & Compressive Forces
http://teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=
http://www.teachengineering.org/collection/cub_/
activities/cub_brid/cub_brid_lesson01_activity1.xml&rights=true#image1.jpg

TE Curricular Unit: Bridges
http://teachengineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.
org/collection/cub_/curricular_units/cub_brid/cub_brid_curricularunit.xml

TE Lesson: Designing Bridges
http://teachengineering.org/view_lesson.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/
collection/cub_/lessons/cub_brid/cub_brid_lesson02.xml



Forces and Movement:

Pushes and Pulls - interactive game (ages 5-6)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/pushes_pulls.shtml

Forces and Movement - interactive game  (ages 6-7)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/forces_movement.shtml

Forces in Action - interactive game (ages 10-11)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/science/activities/forces_action.shtml

TEACH Engineering Lesson: Stressed and Strained
http://teachengineering.org/view_lesson.php?url=http://www.teachengineering.org/
collection/cub_/lessons/cub_mechanics/cub_mechanics_lesson07.xml

This is an excellent site to build Background and Concepts for Teachers.

Materials:

Materials Lab (PBS)
This lab simplifies the real-life properties of a selection of materials, on order to illustrate key concepts.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/lab/materials.html

Sorting and Using Materials (ages 5-6)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/5_6/sorting_using_mate.shtml

Grouping and Changing Materials (ages 6-7)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/grouping_materials.shtml

Characteristics of Materials (ages 7-8)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/7_8/characteristics_material



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Children's Engineering

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Children's Engineering

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