Name of Activity  City Buildings 

Author  Laura Fradin 
Keywords  civil engineering, nonNXT, nonlego, 5th grade, aguayo 
Subject  NonLEGO 
Grade Level  5 
Time  1 Hour Total 
Brief Description  Students will construct buildings that belong in a city using a variety of different materials. 
Lesson Objectives:  reinforce the engineering design process understand what civil engineers do 
Materials Needed:  tape glue paper popsicle sticks cardboard egg cartons legos (if a younger group of kids) any other materials that might challenge kids to build a structure 
Preparation and Set Up:  arrange students in pairs brainstorm various types of buildings needed in a city show students examples of nontraditional architecture and encourage them to think outside the box of normal rectangular structures. 
Procedure 

Extensions:  To make the challenge more difficult, limit students to only using one material to build. 
Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable)  Intro to EngineeringLet’s Build a City! 