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Presentation examples

  1. Sep 18, 2006 #1

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    I recently did a presentation in a secondary school containing - among other things - some encouragement towards studying maths, engineering and the natural sciences. I did a quick walk-through of the Hyatt Regency disaster back in 1981, where a small design change altered the load on critical components, and led to a catastrophe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyatt_Regency_walkway_collapse

    The example, I think, was ideal for the situation. Easy to understand, but not entirely trivial (it took a few attempts from different pupils before one of them spotted the critical error), and a rather dramatic setting and outcome.

    Does anyone here have suggestions for similar examples suitable for catching interest and provoking thought in people of this age bracket (13-17)?
     
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