University of Dayton School of Engineering

Lesson 1: If I Built a House

s.t.e.m. Career Connections
  • Architecture and Construction, Civil Engineering
S.T.E.M. Disciplines
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Non-s.t.e.m. Disciplines
  • English Language Arts
Students imagine having earned enough money to build the house of their dreams near a Florida beach.  There are many hurricanes and tropical storms often along the Florida beaches and many other coastal cities along the eastern and southern shore lines in the United States.  Therefore, students are needed to ensure their structure is built to withstand the elements a Florida beach property may experience.  

The student's challenge is to build the house of their dreams that can also withstand the destructive forces of a hurricane's wind, rain, and hail.
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School of Engineering

Kettering Laboratories 564 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254