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Waterproof the Roof

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Design and construct a roof that will protect a cardboard house from getting wet.

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Related Programming Resources

Related Links The National Severe Storms Laboratory,"Severe Weather 101"
Originating Source Dream Big
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Earthquake!: The 1906 San Francisco Nightmare by Lynn Brunelle
A Project Guide to Earthquakes by Claire O'Neal
What Protects Us During Natural Disasters? by Lisa Owings
Can We Protect People From Natural Disasters? by Catherine Chambers
Earthquake Games by Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
Hurricanes by Gail Gibbons
Avalanche and Landslie Alert! by Vanessa Walker
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work
Engineer Academy, by Steve Martin and Nastia Sleptsova

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Activity Instructions Were Clear and Easy to Follow 
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04/30/2018

Fun and informative

I used this project in a session for 1st and 2nd graders on extreme weather. We spent time talking about different weather issues and what causes them, and then we moved into talking about how buildings are designed to withstand extreme weather. We looked at a slideshow of different designs, and then started on the project.
For the project, we had kids work in groups of 4, and together they worked on creating a waterproof roof for their cardstock houses (we used cardstock, rather than cardboard). We gave them paper, tinfoil, wax paper, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and some other random materials to try out.
Their designs were quite inventive, and most withstood a good amount of water. To test the roofs, we placed the houses on a baking cooling rake in a bin, and used a watering can to rain down water.
The kids were delighted to see how the houses withstood the rain and had a wonderful time.
Hands down, I would do this program again, and it would be perfect for a multitude of age groups. For older kids, I would recommend adding more challenges to the project- limiting the materials, installing a time limit- to keep it engaging.

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Waterproof the Roof

Waterproof the Roof

Design and construct a roof that will protect a cardboard house from getting wet.