Survival Shelter

Where STEM Meets Survival

A standards-based, cloud-based virtual modeling STEM application that guides students through an engaging, realistic emergency survival shelter development process capped by a very cool Virtual Blizzard.

A 3-D model is literally developed in minutes! The simplicity of the modeling process puts focus where it belongs - learning the critically important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that lives just below the surface. And it's completely web-based ... how cool is that? Then, "connecting the virtual to the physical", students can build their actual shelters.

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How it Works

The secret to this challenge is science. In this section, you'll find all the theory you need, as well as plenty of activities and tools to put it to action.
Engineers know their science -- that's for sure. But they also have great tools. In this section, you'll work with a variety of tools, including 3D models to find solutions.
In this section, your students work with a number of built-in tools to see how well their design stands up to the scientific principles presented in the Research section. This stuff is really neat, but it won't make much sense if they haven't completed their Research!
Ready for some fun? In the Competition, you'll put your design to the test -- virtually.
When you've completed your design, you'll need design specifications and bill of materials reports. You'll find these in the Outputs section.
Now that we've conquered the virtual world, it's time to build and test a real design. In this section, you'll find instructions and tips to build a quality design.
Research Design Analysis Virtual Race Outputs Build and Test


Teacher-Directed Curriculum
The learning system puts teachers in control. Teachers can adjust the mars course, to vary the learning needs of Middle and High School students. Achievement and performance reports help teachers guide student learning.
Standards-based, STEM Knowledge
The application encompasses a high quality standards-based curriculum that enhances the development of fundamental science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge.
Comprehensive Suite of Tools
The system contains a fully integrated suite of CAD, analysis, and content delivery tools - all within a common, easy-to-use interface.
Time, Focus, and Confidence
Students have time to focus on making theory actionable. This enables learning, and ultimately yields confidence.
Exciting Web 2.0 Interface
Because the system is web-based, it’s accessible from anywhere. It’s also built with the most advanced web-based tools available. This provides teachers with the flexibility they deserve, and students with the "wow factor" they expect.

System Requirements

Survival Shelter is a web-based product. All modern browsers are supported, including:

  • Microsoft Edge: version 18 and higher
  • Google Chrome: version 61 and higher
  • Firefox: version 60 and higher
  • Safari: version 12.1 and higher

The application may still work in older browser versions but support for those is not guaranteed.

We recommend using a computer with a minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 720. We do not recommend iPads as screen size can be issue when sketching and displaying 3d models.