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Engineering and Design: Reducing Shoreline Erosion (Developed by SEPUP)

kit #485S

In this engineering design activity students start by modeling the erosive effect of ocean waves on a sea cliff. They then design an erosion-reducing barrier and test it to observe how well it reduces the cliff erosion. They then use their experience with the cliff model to design, test, and redesign structures to limit beach erosion.


  • Related NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ESS2.A Earth’s Materials and Systems

    ESS2.C The Role of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes

    ESS3.C Human Impacts on Earth Systems

    ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Practices

    ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions

    ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution

  • Key Concepts

    Students design, test, and redesign a solution.

    Water removes earth materials from some places and deposits it as sediment in others.

    Some landforms are the result of destructive forces such as erosion.

    Some landforms are the result of constructive forces such as deposition of sediments.

    There are positive and negative effects of erosion and deposition.

  • Key Vocabulary




Content List in Engineering and Design: Reducing Shoreline Erosion (Developed by SEPUP) is as follows:

Quantity Description
16 long rectangular steel blocks
16 short rectangular steel blocks
16 mesh sleeves
8 plastic basins
8 plastic cliffmakers
8 wavemaker paddles
8 wavemaker paddle holders
8 30-mL graduated cups
8 9-oz plastic cups
8 spoons
1 bottle of riprap rocks
1 bag of sand
32 Student Worksheet and Guides
1 Teacher's Guide
Recommended number of students
maximum 32 per class
Number of groups
maximum 8 groups per class
Number of clases
unlimited (no consumable materials)

To complete this kit requires two to three ~50-minute class periods.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Engineering and Design: Reducing Shoreline Erosion 485S $283.20