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Briefly summarizes construction challenge of transporting and lifting Stonehenge's massive stones.
Briefly summarizes construction challenge of how the Incan people built massive stone fortresses.
Briefly summarizes construction challenge of quarrying, transporting, and raising an obelisk weighing up to 450 tons.
Briefly summarizes construction challenge of erecting a canvas awning to cover a 600-foot diameter amphitheater.
Stonehenge, Q & A|
An expert provides answers to e-mailed questions about how the site was used and how the stones were moved, raised, and quarried as well as questions about the use of the site.
Inca, Q & A
An expert provides answers to e-mailed questions about life of the Inca and possible methods of Andean construction.
Obelisk, Q & A
An expert provides answers to e-mailed questions about ancient Egyptian society and possible methods to raise an obelisk.
Colosseum, Q & A
An expert provides answers to e-mailed questions on life in Roman cities during the Colosseum's construction and how the Colosseum and awnings were constructed.
Presents series overview, construction challenge summaries, pre- and post-watching ideas, and links to activities for Stonehenge, Inca, Colosseum and Obelisk programs.
Stonehenge Teacher's Guide
Introduces the activity instructions and provides a student activity sheet and suggestions for evaluation. Activity: Students construct a cardboard trilithon to learn about an object's center of gravity.
Inca Teacher's Guide
Includes activity instructions, a student activity sheet, and suggestions for evaluation. Activity: Students learn the basics of rope making and civil engineering by constructing 'bridge cable' out of newspaper.
Obelisk Teacher's Guide
Presents activity instructions, a student activity sheet, and suggestions for evaluation. Activity: Students use a ruler to construct a simple machine to learn about mechanical advantage.
Colosseum Teacher's Guide
Provides activity instructions, a student activity sheet, and suggestions for evaluation. Activity: Student teams are challenged to design a system to pass notes back and forth using only the materials provided.
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