Civil Engineering

Program | Grades 6-8

Building Cities

During the Master Civil Engineering Classes, students will be challenged to design and build their very own scale-model city, complete with housing and infrastructure, such as roads and bridges! Students will learn how to draft a Master Plan and study various land uses, and the real-world roles engineers play in building a city. Students will also engage in model-making and material explorations, as well as testing different structures for strengths and weaknesses.

Civil engineering is one of the widest-reaching disciplines in the engineering field. Civil engineers must work cooperatively with architects, local governments, citizens, and other engineers to successfully build large- and small-scale projects. Civil engineers use aspects of physics, mathematics, and computer technology to create plans and drawings that are used by different professionals to build structures.

City Founding

Students will design a Master Plan for their city, which outlines the aesthetic vision they have for the various buildings they will construct over the course of the program. Additionally, they will learn principles of space planning and structures to build a Town Hall for their city that houses a number of different special use spaces.

Emergency Bridge

Threatened by a natural disaster, students must respond quickly to address a flood that threatens to divide their city in two! Using a limited palette of materials, students will be challenged to build a bridge that helps their city's residents move safely from one side of the river to another.

Up in the Air

With an influx of visitors coming into the city, students will be challenged to construct an airport that meets specific design criteria. Supporting a minimum number of passengers, implementing a high-tech security zone, and creating an automated luggage system will provide students the opportunity to explore jobs they might not normally associate with engineering.

Into the Clouds

Now that their city is established, students will be challenged with designing and building a soaring skyscraper that can support a heavy structural load. Students will also learn about the properties of different building materials and how to consider their inherent characteristics when placing them on a tall building.

Design a Better Dome

Score! Students will explore the properties of a geodesic dome in tension, a unique building type that will challenge their existing knowledge on horizontal and vertical structural design. Creating a functioning sports arena within the confines of the dome will show students how effective planning and communication in a team setting is imperative to completing a successful build.

Home Sweet Home

Students will learn aspects of neighborhood development and environmental engineering, combined with civil engineering planning practices, to create a livable 'green" community for city residents. With a handy design checklist, students will gain greater insight into the rigor involved with creating places where both humans and endangered species can cohabitate.