Engineering Marvels: World’s Tallest Buildings Unit Study


Many modern cities like New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Shanghai are recognized by their skyrises.  The World’s Tall Buildings: An Engineering Unit Study engages students in research of the world’s tallest buildings while challenging them to design one of their own.  The unit also includes a timeline project, integrated writing assignment (proposal), and an oral presentation. 9 page eBook (PDF)


Physics Logic (Physical Science for the Logic Stage) is an inquiry based, hands-on physical science curriculum for middle school students.  It is created to provide teachers with the tools and inspiration to engage their students in meaningful, hands-on science and service learning experiences through tangible curriculum, shared resources, and real-world contexts.  This curriculum was field tested in the public school classroom and modified for the homeschool or co-op setting.

Physics Logic is comprised of four disciplines (Chemistry, Electricity & Magnetism, Simple Machines & Laws of Motion, and Engineering & Design). The units can stand alone or can be combined for a complete academic year curriculum. The order in which the units are taught is flexible. Alternatively, you may combine an Physics Logic unit with a unit from the Life Logic series or Earth Logic series.

The Engineering & Design unit studies bring hands-on physical science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities together with art and science writing in fun and challenging ways.   I am delighted to share these activities with you so that you may teach engineering concepts to your children and build on their natural curiosity through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!  The projects and activities outlined in each of these unit studies can be modified for small groups or with individual students.


  1. Eva Varga

    Check out Heidi’s wonderful review of “The World’s Tallest Buildings” at Starts at Eight

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