In addition to being a great inspiration and a symbol of freedom and life in a new land, the Statue of Liberty is an example of an engineering challenge in the late 1800s.
This is an example of an Engineering4Kids story. We are building a collection for stories about interesting engineering projects and the engineers who contributed to designing and building them. There are lots of problems to be solved along the way. We highlight some of the requirements, constraints, test and failures leading up to their success.
The Statue of Liberty is an “engineered solution” – a man-made structure that required a lot of engineering thinking to design and build. It started with a great idea. Some people in France thought, “Gee, it be nice to give America a birthday present. How about a big statue for New York harbor?” Then the organizers began to think about everything they would need to design the statue, build it, ship it across the Atlantic Ocean, and set it up on a special base on an island.
This is the story about the engineering design process.
We would love to get your feedback on this and other stories that are being added to the engineering4kids collection. Eventually we will have many more stories about engineering feats – amazing structures, beautiful useful objects, interesting materials, new ways to keep people healthy and really cool things that engineers do.
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