We Build it with Pasta and Dots…

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

-Steve Jobs

Week 1 was held at Sargent + Lundy and we learned a lot about Structural Engineering…Forces in Compression, Tension, Bending, Shear, Torsion…Live Loads and Dead Loads…Structural Elements such as Beams, Cantilever beams, Floor Slabs, Columns, and Foundations including Footings, Caissons and Piles…Lateral Loads like Wind and Earthquakes…Lateral Systems that resist these loads like Columns, Frames, Trusses, and Shear Walls…Materials like Steel, Wood, Masonry, and Concrete… So much to learn in a short period of time, but we were able to put our knowledge to the test later on!

Icebreaker of the day: Two Truths and a Lie. Lies are often harder to come up with on the spot! Some of you were far too good at it… just kidding… but really, you can get to know a person pretty darn well from this game. We had a few laughs while guessing everyone’s lies. I mean how many people can actually slam dunk in basketball or fall out of a window and break their arm or actually like spiders…haha

Activity of the Day: Build the highest structure with Spaghetti Noodles and Dots… Not to mention, Withstand a very very intense Earthquake… I would say that’s quite the understatement. We broke into groups and created awesome edible mini structures. Excellent COLLABORATION my friends! Each structure withstood the shaking of the human earthquake. All of you were winners in my book, but give it up for Team 5 at 47 inches!

Team 1 = 37 inches

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Team 2 = 36 inches

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Team 3 = 34.25 inches

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Team 4 = 26.5 inches

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Team 5 = 47 inches (WINNER)

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Team James = 43.5 inches and it crashed and burned during the earthquake

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THANKS Sargent + Lundy for the awesome yummy food!

Important Files:
Presentation Week 1a_STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING IN 30 MIN OR LESS
Presentation Week 1b_MATERIALS

Next Meeting:
VOA Associate Incorporated
224 South Michigan Suite 1400
Floor 14
5-7 PM

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Name one of five forces listed in last weeks Structural Engineering Presentation (Hint: See file above) – And let’s try to be original for the first five answers please 🙂


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