STEAM Build Challenge: Aquaduct

Last week we were challenged to build something from architecture.

This week, for the STEAM Build Challenge, grab what you have around the house and build something with a pirate theme! Arrg.

My roman aqueduct

The roman arch was sturdy way of building with stone but was later replaced with the catenary arch. Catenary means chain and is how the arch was designed.

Architects would suspend chains and the curve of the upside-down curve of the chain would be used as a template for how to build the right-side up version out of stone.

The catenary arch carried loads better and more evenly distributed the weight from above down into the column.

Závěsný model klenby.jpg
Credit: Antonin Ryska

-KMSB

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