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Cracking Dams
Simscience is a website devoted to areas of science where computer simulations are at the forefront of discovery. This interactive activity aids students in understanding structures (particularly dams), fracture mechanics, engineering, hydraulics and geotechnology. This site emphasizes analytical thinking, iterative design, multiple solutions and teamwork. Learning in this activity is mostly collaborative, particularly in the WebQuests, which complement the simulations and activities. There are also hands-on sections and case-based reasoning. There are many references and links provided for more information.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Glossary
  • Hydrology
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
Media Player needed for videos. This site is best viewed with Netscape 3.0 or higher.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-106
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'EduScapes: A Site for Life-long Learners'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Megann V. Polaha
Cornell University

Author: Dr A. R. Ingraffea
Cornell University

Contact: Dr Edward Lipson
Syracuse University