Program Flyer: Building Basics

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Content Provider
Contact Information
Dale Hilton
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH  44106
Phone: (216) 707-2491
Program Title
Building Basics
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 12 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8
Maximum Number of Participants
Minimum Number of Participants
Primary Disciplines
Fine Arts, Mathematics, Sciences
Program Description
Buildings are everywhere, from strong towering skyscrapers to precarious footbridges. But how do they work, and what keeps them standing? Students in this program will explore the structural properties and geometry of buildings through artwork from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection. They will be asked to get involved in discussion of the structures examined and will even have the exciting chance to engineer their own mini-structure with paper.
Program Format
1. Introduce the idea of looking at structures and understanding how they stand up.
2. Discussion of bridges and beams, and overview Newton’s laws of motion and gravity.
3. View and discuss artworks with depictions of columns and arches in buildings and bridges.
4. Introduce the geometry of trusses and view artworks, including images of the Eiffel Tower.
5. View depictions of domes, rib vaults, and folded plate construction.
6. Practice identifying the different types of structures in various artworks.
7. Building interactivity with students working in groups – using paper and tape to create a weight-bearing structure of their own.
1. Students will learn common geometric features seen in architecture.
2. Students will understand the basic physics involved in architecture.
3. Students will learn the engineering principle of the “folded plate.”
4. Students will learn the construction techniques that engineers use to stabilize a structure.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
45-60 minutes
Program Cost
By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00
Program Fee Notes
Purchase orders are due within 10 days of registration. Payment is due in full within 30 days of receiving the invoice. Invoices are sent upon program completion.
Cancellation Policy
Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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