Startling Structures is a book of technology challenges which focuses on the designing of structures. Each self-contained challenge has accompanying notes to assist teachers.
The book is divided into three sections:
- the warm-ups
- The challenges
- the evaluation templates
- The challenges are designed for small groups but can be adapted for whole classes by setting up more than one group or activity at once. Some challenges are suitable for individuals.
- Each challenge poses a problem which needs to be solved through designing and building a model structure using technological principles and systems.
- The aim of the challenges is to help students develop some aspects of their 'technological literacy' which they then apply to problems which they come up with for themselves.
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