Discover how architects design skyscrapers to stand tall and stay standing!
Structure: The Secret of Skyscrapers is an interactive field trip that will help you unlock the structural ‘secrets’ to Chicago’s spectacular skyscrapers.
Through hands-on activities at the Chicago Architecture Foundation you and your students will learn about seven structural elements, like columns, cantilevers, trusses, arches, and domes. You'll then become structural detectives as you and a CAF docent educator embark on an architectural walking tour to identify structures at work in real buildings in downtown Chicago.
Each group receives a Structure Prep Pack including instructions for pre-and post-visit activities, plus student booklets on the day of the field trip.
– “The docents are extremely knowledgeable, patient, and have a great rapport with my students. I am always impressed with this trip.” – Teacher, Chicago
– “I really enjoyed learning about cantilevers! I must have walked by thousands of them but I never really appreciated how difficult but beautiful they are! Who invented the cantilevers anyway? I learned so much but still have so much more to learn!” – 3rd grade student, Chicago
*We welcome other grade level participation! Please contact our Coordinator of Youth Engagement, Tocarra Mallard, TMallard(at)architecture.org to see if this field trip is right for your students!