A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating Landscape by National Center for Technological Literacy
This curriculum introduces students to appreciate how important it is to find a safe, flood- and erosion-proof site for the innovative Tarpul river-crossing cable system. Digging into the role of geotechnical engineers, students use models to represent a larger, real-life riverbank system and see how different factors impact a TarPul. Students\' objective: Use the Engineering Design Process to select and recommend to villagers a TarPul site, even though each site has advantages and disadvantages based on several factors. To meet the goal, students must run tests on the models to determine the ideal soil base for a TarPul site, explore the costs and benefits of changing the soil to make it more suitable for building, examine maps to consider various sites, potentials for eroding in the next flood, and weigh the villagers\' traditional preferences for the Tarpul\'s location. In the end, each student team must make a choice in the midst of some realistic ambiguity and justify its recommendations.
Type(s): Module/Unit, Lesson Plan, Classroom Activity
Subject(s): Engineering, General Science
Grade Level(s): K-5
Total Quantity: 2