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View Resource Water Conservation: Denver, CO

Dams are widely distributed throughout the U.S. Their impact is perhaps most apparent in western cities, many of which lack a sufficient local water supply and thus rely on water diverted from far-away sources, particularly man-made lakes. This video segment shows how the city of Denver, Colorado, faced with a growing water crisis, developed and later abandoned a plan for a nearby dam and instead...

View Resource Central Utah Water Conservancy District

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) is a political subdivision of the State of Utah. It was formally established in 1964 to act as the local entity to contract with the United States of America in connection with the construction, operation, and financing of the Central Utah Project (CUP). The purpose of the CUP is to enable the State of Utah to beneficially use a substantial...

View Resource Cracking Dams

This interactive activity aids students in understanding structures (particularly dams), fracture mechanics, engineering, hydraulics and geotechnology. This site emphasizes analytical thinking, iterative design, multiple solutions and teamwork. Learning in this activity is mostly collaborative, particularly in the WebQuests, which complement the simulations and activities. There are also hands-on...

View Resource SimScience

SimScience is a product of the National Science Foundation project, Integration of Information Age Networking and Parallel Supercomputer Simulations into University General Science and K-12 Curricula, and describes itself as a Web site devoted to areas of science where computer simulations are at the forefront of discovery. Visitors will find several modules with titles that include Membranes,...

View Resource Building Big

Building Big is a very informative site about the engineering principles required to build large structures, including bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. The interactive labs presented on the site discuss the various factors (e.g. forces, materials, loads, shapes) that need to be considered when designing large buildings. Fun challenges test these concepts for each of the five...

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