London Olympic Stadium Education Worksheet - Student Tasks

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Upper Primary and Junior Secondary

TELEVISION SERIES        
Megastructures

LEARNING TASK EPISODE    
London Olympic Stadium

EPISODES IN THIS SERIES    
London Olympic Stadium

LEARNING LEVEL            
Upper Primary and Junior Secondary

SUBJECTS                
Technology, Geography, Science


UPPER PRIMARY
 

Task 1
Download a map of London's Olympic Games site from
http://www.london2012.com/join-in/interactive-map/
Click on the map to enlarge it, then save the map to your files, or print it and paste it into your workbook.

On your map:
•    Highlight the River Lee
•    Highlight the major roads that lead to the site
•    Shade the area of the Olympic Stadium
•    Circle the names of nearby industrial sites.

Task 2
In about 50 words, write a description of London’s Olympic bid that includes the answers to the following:
•    Where was the bid made?
•    When was it made?
•    What promises did London make that helped win the bid?

Task 3
Many preparations had to be made and many other jobs finished before Team Stadium could start building. Write a list of ten of these activities.

Task 4
Draw a diagram of the London Olympic Stadium and label the following parts:
•    Stadium bowl
•    Athletics field
•    Lower seating area for 25,000 people
•    Upper seating for 55,000 people
•    Diagonal support trusses
•    Roof
•    Lighting towers
•    Wrap

Task 5
Team Stadium was made up of very experienced people from a number of different professions. Choose three of these people and write a couple of sentences for each one to describe their job and how it contributed to the construction of the stadium.


JUNIOR SECONDARY

Task 1
Answer the following questions about London’s Olympic Stadium:
•    Where is it located?
•    How big is the site?
•    How and why was the site contaminated?
•    Make a list of three different ways in which the site was prepared for building.

Task 2
In about 100 words describe the design that Team Stadium agreed on. Make sure you include the following in your description:
•    How long it took to agree on a design
•    Why this particular design was chosen
•    Design features that are new or different from other Olympic stadiums.

Task 3
Draw an illustration of the Stadium and label the following parts:
•    Stadium bowl
•    Athletics field
•    Lower seating area for 25,000 people
•    Steel raker supports for seats above ground level
•    Upper seating for 55,000 people
•    Diagonal support trusses
•    Roof
•    Inner ring of roof
•    Outer ring of roof
•    Connecting cables
•    Lighting towers
•    Outside wrap

Task 4
During the design and construction phases, Team Stadium faced numerous challenges. Draw up a table with five columns. In the first column, list five of these challenges. In the second column note whether the challenge occurred in the design or construction phase. In the third column describe the nature of the challenge. In the fourth column explain how it affected the construction of the stadium. In the last column describe how the challenge was overcome.

Task 5
London's Olympic Stadium is a remarkable achievement. Choose the design feature that appeals to you most and describe it in 50 words. Then choose the job you would most like to have had as a member of the construction team and why.

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