Following in the Footsteps

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    < 1 hour

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • What do you think our town looked like when it was first built? Why do you think buildings were built that way? Who do you think used the buildings?
  • In downtown Louisville, you will notice it is built right along the river. What were some of the benefits to buildings next to water?

Imagine and Design:

  • Look at pictures of your city from when it was first built and compare those pictures to pictures of the city now. What is similar or different?
  • How do you think tall buildings were built or heavy blocks were moved? Explore some simple machines using the materials above, like levers, pulleys, and incline planes.

Test and Discuss:

  • Imagine what a city of the future would look like. Draw out your ideas.

Did you Know?

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