Bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, tunnels: We use them every day. But how were they built? What keeps them standing? The BUILDING BIG Web site takes you on an educational quest, serving as a companion to the PBS series and making the story of the world's engineering wonders understandable for adults and for middle- and high-school students.
In these interactive workshops, visitors develop a "hands-on" understanding of the basic principles that underlie all built structures. Through creative Flash animations, these interactive simulations allow users to play with shapes, materials, forces, and loads to see how they affect large-scale structures.
You're the engineer, solving problems and making structural choices as you build bridges, skyscrapers, dams, domes, and tunnels in these interactive stories.
Your choices affect the story outcomes. Along the way, you'll learn why buildings, bridges, and other structures stand up -- and why they sometimes fall down. With no plug-ins required, this feature is accessible to "high-end" and "low-tech" users alike.
What do engineers do, anyway? Designed to build awareness of engineering as a career choice, this series of interviews introduces visitors to a diverse assortment of men and women from a variety of engineering disciplines.
This searchable database profiles the real-life structures featured throughout the BUILDING BIG Web site and television series, as well as other notable engineering milestones.
This feature includes hands-on activities and a multi-part "How-To" section with tips for educators and parents on how to use the Web site to help students learn basic engineering and physics principles.