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Structures and Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms

Cedarburg water tower

Design & Build a Water Tower


Students will design and build a model water tower and learn why these structures are important for many communities. Grade 8 extensions are also included.

Group of students working together

Team Tower Challenge


Students will explore what it means to be a member of a team and highlight the skills and qualities that make one a good team member.

Michaella Chemello cuisinant et servant des crêpes au Stampede de Calgary

Michaella Chemello

Engineer in Training (Civil)

I am a Civil/Structural Engineer-In-Training at Fluor Canada.
Student going over materials and plans

Summer Symposium Series: Engineering Career Resources


A career in engineering would let you help people through designing and implementing the things they use in their daily lives.

Fairy Sahay

Fairy Sahay

Civil Engineer (Green Economy Project)

I work to protect, conserve and restore natural resources.
Hut on a tiny island

How can we build a structure that protects toy people from wind?

Hands-on Activities

How could you design and build a structure that protects toy people from the wind?

Anghel Saligny Bridge

Why is a Triangle a Strong Shape?


Triangles are very strong shapes which makes them important when building strong and stable structures

Gordie Howe International Bridge: Fluor Project Between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario

Build a Paper Bridge

Hands-on Activities

Build and test a bridge made out of nothing but paper!

Children on teeter-totter

Simple Machines - Levers


The lever is a type of simple machine. Learn about the different classes of levers and how they provide mechanical advantage.

Pulley with Chains

Simple Machines: Pulleys

Picture Collections

6 images of some objects such as in fitness equipment which use wheels with grooves in their rims called pulleys for movement

Wood Screw

Simple Machines: Screws

Picture Collections

5 images of some objects such as corkscrews that have a mechanism of an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder to create movement


Simple Machines: Wedges

Picture Collections

6 images of some tools such as axes and spikes that are inclined planes and used to help push objects apart

Ferris Wheel: The London Eye

Simple Machines: Wheels And Axles

Picture Collections

6 images of some objects such as ferris wheels and skate boards with wheel and axle mechanisms that create rotary movement

A column supporting the roof the Parthenon in Greece

Strong Shapes: Cylinders


Students develop and apply comparing & contrasting, observing and predicting skills as they explore the strength of cylinders made with different materials.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, USA

Structures: Bridges And Gates

Picture Collections

5 images of some mass and frame structures from around the world such as the L’Arc de Triomphe gate and the Brooklyn Bridge