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Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum

Lever Experiment

Explore the concepts of balance and symmetry and how they relate to tower construction.

STEAM is the key to any successful structure. Here students will interact with the concepts of balance and symmetry to determine how they impact safe construction and aesthetic values.

OBJECTIVE: Learners will distinguish between symmetry, balance and how they are related.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Look at various examples in nature and around you to explore symmetry and balance.
  2. Use these examples to write observations and inform the concept of balance.
  3. Apply the concept of symmetry and balance to your tower design by using the handout as guidance.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • What is symmetry?
  • What is balance?

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