Lesson objectives and instructions of the lesson

Heads In, Hearts In: Building Like a Beaver


June 20, 2022 - Author:

What you need to know:

Engineering is a process used to solve problems by designing, building and testing things. An engineer is a person who uses math and science to create new things, solve problems or make things better. Beavers build dams using materials such as rocks, branches, grass and mud that are natural to their habitat (where they live). Have you ever wondered why beavers build dams? They build them so that they can stop water from flowing freely to create a pool or pond of water where they can live. This water protects them from predators (animals that will kill and eat them). It also allows the beaver to get more food. Humans build dams too using materials such as earth, rock and concrete. Our dams are built to stop water from flowing freely too. With the water that is pooled or ponded we are able to create energy (hydroelectric power), use the water to grow crops (irrigation), fish, boat, swim and even prevent flooding.

What you will do and learn:

In this activity, you will practice using the engineering process to build a model of a dam. The goal of this activity is to build a dam that prevents water from flowing freely and creates a pool or pond.



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