Engineering Towers

Emily Moody

Session 1

In session 1 we drew three thumbnail designs for our tower. We then selected the design we felt would make the strongest tower, the one that would withstand the most pressure. After we chose our design, we transferred our design to a full-size pattern. We put our sketches away and prepared for session 2.

Session 2

In session 2, we learned about load as it relates to structures, and how it would affect our tower's design. After that, we finished transferring our thumbnail sketch to the full-sized pattern. Once we were finished transferring our design, we differentiated between the roles of an engineer and an architect.

Session 3

In session 3, we started to construct the first side of our tower. We also learned the forces that act upon a structure, and how our tower's construction could work against them. We did this by learning how and what to do to strengthen the structure of our tower.

Session 4

In session 4, we continued to construct the first side of our tower if we didn't finish in the time given in the last session. We also learned how towers are used to strengthen other, larger and more well-constructed buildings. After we did this, we cleaned up and prepared for session 5.

Session 5

In session 5, we continued building our tower. We constructed the other two or three sides of our tower to finally put them together in the next session or two. When our time was up or we finished constructing, we put away our sides of our tower and prepared for session 6.

Session 6

In session 6, we did the same as we did in session 5. We continued building the other sides of our tower and learning about how load affected our structure. When we were finished, we prepared for session 7.

Session 7

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