Building a Safe Staircase

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Climb up the staircase of engineering knowledge. After watching a video of a carpenter measuring out steps for a set of stairs, pupils learn about the terminology and regulations involving stairs. They see how to use a rule of thumb when making calculations involving measurements for stairs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a carpenter or architect to give a presentation
  • Have the class go out and measure the rise and going of a set of stairs
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that lesson briefly mentions trigonometry
  • Keep in mind that staircase and building regulations may differ from local laws
Pros

  • Provides some problems for learners to consider
  • Includes a presentation to use during instruction, available in both PowerPoint and PDF formats
Cons

  • None