Architectural Engineering

Ms. Abbott – kerry.abbott@apsva.us 


Kindergarten Architectural Engineering

Through reading multiple versions of “The Three Little Pigs,” students will create a three dimensional community with structures made out of various materials and shapes.  Each story will focus on different styles of housing.  For example, “The Three Little Jack Rabbits” teaches students about Native American style homes on the Great Plains, and “The Three Little Penguins” introduces students to Arctic dwellings like the igloo.  We will compare and contrast the attributes of these structures.  Students will create model representations to show what they have learned.  They will learn how the location, climate, and physical surroundings of a community impact the way people live, including their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation.  Students will be presented with STEM challenges regularly in which they will be asked to solve a problem from one of the characters in the story that we most recently read.  As a final challenge, students will use toy money and a budget to shop for maker space supplies and build their own home that matches specific criteria and shows their understanding of structures, shapes, materials, and design.

 

3rd Grade Architectural Engineering

Students will study architectural structures and discover how engineering designs have changed our world.  We will look at this through the lens of Ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Rome in terms of architecture and inventions based on their environments.  We will complete a detailed study of economics based on the resources, goods, services, and trade in these ancient civilizations.  Students will also use a budget and complete computations with money when making economic choices with the materials they will use for building during their design challenges.  Students will learn about simple machines in our study of engineering marvels and inventions during ancient times (examples: a large wooden screw was used to bring water up from the Nile to the farm lands, a rope and pulley system was one of the methods used to move the blocks up the pyramids during construction, etc).  Measurement (perimeter and area) and geometry will be covered throughout this course as we study the various structures of these ancient times.  At the end of the year, students will make a working museum highlighting how simple machines helped to advance our society.

 

4th Grade Architectural Engineering

Students will study electrical and mechanical engineering principles that include force, motion, circuits, electromagnets, and weather instrumentation.  Students will then design an amusement park based on the engineering principals of rides.  Students will build architectural structures that create opportunities for both potential and kinetic energy for the moving objects.  They will use electrical circuits and magnets to run the rides.  The amusement park will be built to withstand the forces from weather and natural disasters, which we will test in our wind tunnel and on our shake table. The final products will be added to a school-wide functioning model of an amusement park with its theme tying to the five regions of Virginia and their history.

 

5th Grade Architectural Engineering

Students will study architectural structures and discover how engineering designs changed our world.  We will look at this through the lens of the Paleolithic Era, Neolithic Era, Bronze Age, Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece and Rome in terms of architecture and inventions based on their environments.  We will complete a detailed study of economics based on the resources, goods, services, and trade in these ancient civilizations.  Students will also use a budget and complete computations with money when making economic choices on the materials they will use for building during their design challenges. Students will apply mathematical knowledge, computation skills, and algebraic thinking as we study the various structures from history.  At the end of the year, students will create a museum of artifacts that show the architectural and engineering feats of our ancestors.