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If I Built a House

Lesson 1: If I Built a House

STEM Career Connections
  • Architecture, Construction and Civil Engineering
STEM Disciplines
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Non-STEM Disciplines
  • English Language Arts

Students imagine having earned enough money to build the house of their dreams near a Florida beach.  There are many hurricanes and tropical storms often along the Florida beaches and many other coastal cities along the eastern and southern shore lines in the United States.  Therefore, students are needed to ensure their structure is built to withstand the elements a Florida beach property may experience.

The student's challenge is to build the house of their dreams that can also withstand the destructive forces of a hurricane's wind, rain, and hail.

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