Engineering for the Three Little Pigs

Engineering for the Three Little Pigs
Publication Date: January, 2006
Type of Resource: Lesson Plan

This online resource looks at the properties of different rock types. 

The resource details a hands-on activity demonstrating the importance of using the different types of geological rocks for different aspects of buildings. 

In this activity, the students build three different sand castles and test them for strength and resistance to weathering. They can then discuss how the buildings are different and what engineers need to think about when choosing the rocks, soils and minerals used for construction.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 8 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by... > ACSSU153
  • Year 8 > Science as a Human Endeavour > Use and influence of science > People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have... > ACSHE136