Building Basics

E&I Program: 
Distance Learning
Grade level : 
5 to 8

Buildings are everywhere, from strong towering skyscrapers to precarious footbridges. But how do they work, and what keeps them standing?  In these teacher materials, students will explore the structural properties and geometry of buildings through artwork from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection.  They will learn common geometric features seen in architecture, the basics involved in architecture, the engineering principle of the “folded plate,” as well as construction techniques that engineers use to stabilize a structure.  They will be asked to pipe up and get involved in discussion of the structures examined and will even have the exciting chance to engineer their own mini-structure with paper.