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Strand D: Forces Acting on Structures

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!

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

Great Pyramids At Giza, Egypt

Structures: Historical

Picture Collections

11 images of structures with historical significance from different civilizations such as pyramids, statues on Easter Island and Stonehenge

Inukshuk, Hudson Bay, Canada

Structures: In Canada

Picture Collections

7 images of structures in Canada such as an Inukshuk, CN Tower and the Parliament Building including their locations

CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Structures: Statues And Towers

Picture Collections

8 images including the Statue of Liberty and various towers from around the world such as the Eiffel Tower, CN Tower and Xi'an Bell Tower

How tall can you build a marshmallow structure that will support weight?

How tall can you build a marshmallow structure that will support weight?

Hands-on Activities

Are you willing to give up a sweet treat for the sake of science? Can you engineer a strong and stable structure out of something soft and fluffy?

Above: Tires on a Boeing 737 (Wikimedia Commons/Politikaner)

How do an Airplane's Tires Help It Land Safely?

STEM Explained

Manufacturing and engineering airplane tires is important work! Learn how airplane tires keep the aircraft safe during takeoff and landing.