Historical Case Study of a Structural System


In this final lesson 4 of 4, students will work on a presentation in which they will have to discuss their historical case study and create a diagrammatic graphic in 2d and 3d of how they would integrate their material (timber, steel, or concrete) and would solve the building and loads on it. They will then take this into the next project for a building design.


Here students will take everything they learned in the previous 3 lessons and bring it all together.  This is the culminating project.  They will select a historical project, already built, and identify the structural system used, why it was used, what types of problems and challenges it was able to resolve, and present this to their classmates. 

They will learn from one another and really understand and demonstrate their grasp of the previous 3 lessons content in order to complete this presentation. 

Teaching is the ultimate form of mastery.  They will learn by teaching. 

Lesson Times

In class portion
2 Class Periods
Individual Time working on Presentation
3 Days
In Class Presentation
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will understand the integration of architectural factors, such as soil mechanics, foundation design, engineering materials, and structure design
  • Students will be able to create a structural system diagram of an existing building.

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