Skeletons as Structures

Duration: 2½ Weeks / 8¾ Hours
NS CAPS, Page 33

After the completion of Topic 3 the learners will be able to:

  • have a better understanding of shell and frame structures.
  • investigate different ways to strengthen a structure so that it does not collapse.
  • design and make a frame structured skeleton.
  • investigate and research how to build a shell or frame structure.

Content and Concepts: Please select a sub-category below.

toolsYou will need


  • Computer
  • Data projector
  • Speakers
  • CD player
  • Internet connection

Powerpoints and Photocopies

Available on category pages
  • PowerPoints
  • Worksheets

School Resources

  • A4 Paper


  • Packs of cards (one per group of 6 learners)
  • Drinking straws
  • Wooden dowels/sticks (30cm x 10mm)
  • Square and triangle shapes
  • Sticky tape
  • Metal paper fasteners