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

Structural Design Camp

Get creativity flowing as students don their hard hats to learn the complexities of designing structures! From integrating mechanics into construction to investigating the impacts of external forces, learners move through advanced building and blueprinting exercises. With new buildings reaching higher into the sky, architects and engineers are constantly working through questions of structure and style.

In Structural Design Camp, participants tackle those same challenges as they team up to develop an understanding of the real-world applications of architecture, gaining an appreciation for the structures they see every day!

Digital Download for Structural Design Camp only $129.00!
Curriculum Sample

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

    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.


        • 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

        Each Activity Guide Includes:

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

        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

          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.

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