|Level: Beginner||Duration: 1 class period|
|Grade Level:||Author: Adapted from Structures Activity Pack|
|Topics: Structures, arches|
|Materials: Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set|
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Students will build arch models and use them to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of arches.
Students will learn about arches and how the arch's shape helps to make it strong.
Assign students to partners, and distribute the attached worksheet. Instruct them to build the models as directed and complete the worksheet.
Use the Discussion points listed in the attached Teacher Notes.
Challenge students to make their arches taller, wider, and so forth. Is there a limit to the size of arch that students could build?