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Critical Load


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Critical Load

In this activity, learners explore the concepts of structural engineering and how to measure the critical load, or the maximum weight a structure can bear. Learners investigate basic structures, how to reinforce, materials selection, and working as a team, design and build a prototype structure to hold increasingly greater weights.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Student Resource Sheets
  • Student Worksheets
  • Unused playing cards
  • Scotch tape rolls
  • Coins
  • Base of empty square based two quart cardboard juice/milk container
  • Objects to build weight of base from 4-10 pounds (coins, marbles, sand)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Gravity
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, IEEE,

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