Science | Preparation and Resources

Catenary Curves: Scientific Experimentation


To prepare to teach this lesson, teachers should:

  • Watch the Dulles International Airport segment from the PBS special, 10 Buildings that Changed America, on DVD or at CONTENT NOTE: In this segment, Reed Kroloff says, “Damn right.”
  • Review the section titled “Science Instruction.”
  • Review the worksheet titled “Science Worksheet.”
  • Review resources below to be familiar with Dulles International Airport and its structural significance.



  • Washington Dulles International Airport (VA) (Images of America) by Margaret C. Peck
  • Eero Saarinen: An Architecture of Multiplicity by Antonio Roman
  • Eero Saarinen, 1910-1961: A Structural Expressionist by Pierluigi Serraino
  • Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future by Eero Saarinen, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, and Donald Albrecht

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