Structural Design Camp-PCS
Structural Design Camp-PCS
Structural Design Camp-PCS

Structural Design Camp

Students channel their inner architects as they learn about how to design structures, consider stresses, and integrate mechanical actions into structural projects. The impacts of external forces on structures will be explored through building with advanced hands-on manipulatives and testing their durability.

More complex builds will require critical thinking skills to create structures with increased stability and function. The activities in this camp develop an understanding of real-world applications of architecture and engineering by examining some of the most notable buildings in the world and modeling their design structures!

Digital Download for Structural Design Camp only $129.00!

Grades: 6-8 Students: Up to 30 Contact Hours: 12+

Curriculum Sample


  • Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks.
  • More than 4,800 advanced fischertechnik manipulatives for engineering and building activities
  • Colored Storage Gratnell that will last for years!
  • Get organized with tray inserts for separating manipulatives
  • Instructor guide
  • Camp background information
  • Collaboration and discussion tips
  • Lesson extensions for differentiation
  • Activity and assessment materials

Recommended Settings: 

  • Summer camps
  • Elementary classrooms
  • After-school programs
  • Homeschool environments


  • Half hour free webinar training for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar training for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase
  • U2 Fischertechnik Kits (400+ parts each) - 12
  • Gratnell organizational trays - 8
  • Divider insert for gratnell trays - 15
  • Gratnell tray lids - 8
  • Understanding Structures Camp Instructor Guide - 1
  • Understanding Structures Camp Student Guide - 12

Digital curriculum download comes with Instructor’s Manual only, which includes master copies of all student curriculum pages.

Lesson Titles:

  1. Introduction
  2. Post and Lintel
  3. Wind and Earthquake Vibration Design
  4. Tower Design - Modular Tower
  5. Antenna Tower
  6. Tall Tower Wind Design
  7. Tall Earthquake Design
  8. Elevator
  9. Crane
  10. Anti-Gravity Challenge
  11. Body Builder Challenge
  12. Crane Challenge
  13. Elevator Challenge

Each Activity Guide Includes:

  • Schedule
  • Opening & Closing Discussion Topics
  • Step-By-Step Activity Instructions
  • Topic Background & Vocabulary
  • Materials List

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

International Society for Technology in Education

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Communication and Collaboration with a Digital Portfolio
  • Research and Information Fluency

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math

ELA‐LITERACY.RST.6‐8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or per‐forming a technical task.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2.

Structural Design Camp Spec SheetStructural Design Camp Spec Sheet

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