(Discover Science and Technology)
By Doreen Olson
This badge is designed to focus on individual structure types such as bridges, dams, tunnels, skyscrapers, cathedrals, or stadiums. A separate badge may be earned for each type of structure studied.
Lower age levels may use upper age level starred requirements as optional requirements.
Preschool: Do three requirements including the two starred.
_____1.* What is a man made wonder? How is it different from a natural wonder?
_____2.* Choose a specific category of man made structures. Find at least three pictures of that type of structure. Show them to someone and tell them what makes these structures special.
Level 1: Do four requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Do Preschool requirements 1 & 2. Choose a specific category of man made structures. Find a construction project in your category that is being built or has been completed in the last 10 years. Visit the site or view pictures of the project through books or the internet.
_____ 2.* Learn about a man made structure that is famous in your category. It can be famous for being the biggest, tallest, widest, etc. or because it was designed by a famous architect or designer. Where is it? Locate it on a map.
Level 2: Do five requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1* Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Learn the history of these types of structures and how they have improved over the years.
Level 3: Do 6 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Experiment with making your own mini structure. How can you make it stronger and more stable? How can you make the design more appealing while retaining the function? For example, if you make a toothpick bridge, try adjusting the number of toothpicks used. Adjust how they are arranged or what you use to glue them together and see what makes a better bridge. Make at least three different versions of your structure with this experiment.
Level 4: Do 7 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1.* Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.
_____ 2.* Research the design ideas that go into your structure type such as earthquake proof, green technology, cantilevers, etc.
Level 5: Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:
_____ 1.* Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Compare several structures of the same type by visiting them in person or by book or internet.
_____4. Learn about careers involved in building a structure of this type. What type of education is needed? What type of salary can you expect? What hours can you expect to work?
_____ 5. Design a future version of this type of structure.
_____ 6. Create a photo story for the construction of a specific structure. This can be over the life of the project, or a story of a day, such as from sunrise to sunset on the job site.
_____ 7. Create a photo collage of similar structures around the world.
_____ 8. Make a 3D model of this structure.
_____ 9. Compare your structure to several other similar ones in person or by book or internet. How do the designs differ?
_____ 10. Learn about environmental impact reports and the planning process. What has to happen before construction can even begin?
_____ 11. Interview a project manager or architect who deals with these types of structures.
_____12. Look at different phases of the plans for the project.
_____ 13. Research one of the materials used in your structure. These might include steel, concrete, glass, etc. Where did the material come from? How is it processed? How is it transported? Why does it make a good building material for this type of structure?