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Architecture Adventure: Crash Course Kids #47.2


hey there engineer buddies I just want to thank you so much for helping out in the last episode I needed to get my phone out of the storm drain and together we designed a solution our robot was just one of many possible solutions and maybe you had an even better idea at home if you did please send it my way I’d love to check it out but I’ve got a whole new challenge for you have you ever just wanted some space to yourself a place to relax do your own thing eat Nutella straight off your fingers and burp with abandon yeah I need that that is a thing I need you know it can help I bet you already guessed it engineering so how do we use the engineering process to solve this problem well first we’ve got to define the problem I need a place that is secluded and quiet I needed to provide privacy in a sense of my onus sounds pretty great right what about a big box to use as my space it’s secluded and it can be all my own solution wise it’s a start but a small one we need to consider more options what if I made adjustments to a space I already have my room I could hanket’s from the ceiling to help block out sounds from outside and then I could also sing my head off to t-swift if I wanted to without bothering the rest of my family to top things off I could add a do not enter sign to my door like a serious sign bold font all caps respect my sign oK we’ve got two options what else what if instead of adjusting a space I already have I create a new space there’s a word for what we’re talking about here architecture maybe we could become not just engineers but architects engineers who design buildings even though the title of the job is a little different the process is still the same so before doing architecture we’ve got to wear our options and choose the best design to take into trials let’s think about the box idea first it’s probably too small I’d either be squished or be half hanging out of it okay how about tricking out my room again while I’d feel like I have a sense of privacy I know that at any point any one of my family members could bust in and the blankets on the walls with muffle some of the sound but wouldn’t totally block them out but hey here’s an idea what about a tree house it would be totally my own it would be far enough for my house at any weird burps or loud renditions of shake it off wouldn’t bug my family of course it would take some work some architecture work so architect activate let’s build the treehouse it’ll have a drop down rope ladder that I can pull up for optimal privacy and it’ll have windows so I can spot when someone’s on the way over and properly prepare myself I can even use the blanket wall idea for my second proposal to muffle the sound of course I’ll need space for lounging and reading and dancing around but before we start building you know what we’ve got to do build a prototype and test it and in order to conduct useful trials we need to isolate the variables what are the variables of this particular mission the size of the treehouse we choose and the weight of the treehouse are really important variables because we gotta make sure the treehouse can stay in the tree what about variables when it comes to soundproofing the thing the number in the size of the blankets that I use would be one and so would be the amount of noise I plan on making inside the treehouse and we have to keep in mind failure points to like the tree might be able to support little old me in a small wooden treehouse but if I have a friend or two over the load might be too heavy that would be a serious failure point as for keeping things nice and quiet maybe my thickest heaviest blankets can block a soft rendition of you belong with me but they might fail when I belt out shake it off or have a burping contest you’ve got to test these things so we’ll keep working with the variables until we’ve got a working design then it’s time to build architects use the same process the engineering process when planning buildings from skyscrapers to small family homes I came up with what I think will be a great treehouse but as always there can be lots of different successful solutions so here’s your challenge can you come up with your own architecture solution what would your building look like how would it meet the success criteria and navigate the variables let us know you

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