Building on Ground Zero
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Impact to Collapse
Listen to and view this six-segment audio slide show that
describes the series of structural and fire-related events
within the towers as they progressed toward catastrophic
collapse. Total running time: 9 minutes 41 seconds. (Flash
plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Towers of Innovation
Learn the history behind the building of the towers, the
technological innovations that made the World Trade Center
possible, the nuts-and-bolts of the construction techniques,
and more in this article. (Grades 9-12)
A Survivor's Story
Read an account of survival from the 84th floor of 2 World Trade
Center from Brian Clark, one of only 18 people to escape either
tower from above the floors where the planes struck.
The Tallest Tower
Listen to structural engineer Leslie Robertson describe the
safety features of the World Financial Center in Shanghai, China,
which will be more than 1,600 feet tall when completed in 2008.
Running time: 3 minutes 54 seconds. (Flash plug-in required.)
(Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Discover what gear makes up a firefighter's outfit and learn how
each piece of equipment helps firefighters on the job in a
high-rise-building fire scenario. (Flash plug-in required;
non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
The Structure of Metal
In this interactive feature, explore the crystalline structure
of metal and find out what gives it its special characteristics
and how it behaves under the stress of heat and outside forces.
(Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.)
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