bESTology Week 7-Proceed with Caution

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bESTology Week 7-Proceed With Caution


  • Safety protocols for Demolition
  • What happens when things go wrong


Students will understand safe demolition protocols and how they are implemented to prevent injury or create collateral damage.


There are guidelines and procedures that companies must follow and consider that include environmental, machinery/tool use, and human interaction during demolition. Following these procedures can facilitate a productive demolition. However, even with the best planning, can things still go wrong?

Research/Reflect/Brainstorm – Time to think and expand your knowledge! 

Grab your BEST Journal, notebook or online doc for notes to document your learning. Use various sources such as books, magazines, and websites from below to learn about demolition safety.

Use various sources such as the internet, textbooks, magazines etc. to answer the questions below. 

  • What are some of the most important safety precautions needed for demolition?
  • Why can demolitions go wrong?
  • What happens in the aftermath of a demolition gone wrong?
  • How do companies and demolition teams benefit from a successful safe demolition?

Online Resources – list all links to material useful for research about the lesson topic

  2. Demolition Safety & Health Resources
  3. Key Pre-Demolition Considerations
  4. Removing Asbetos & Decomissioning a Coal Plant
  5. Power Plant Demolition Safety
  6. Plant Decommissioning  & Demolition   
  7. Article & Video: Safe Demolition
  8. Video: Power Plant Demolition Done Right
  9. Controlled Power Plant Demolition
  10. Demolition Disaster
  11. Demolitions Gone Wrong

Activity – In small collaborative groups or individually choose one of the activities below sharing your learning with your team and school or community. Creation instructions for the different activities are accessed by the links. 

BEST Connection – make connection(s) between the lesson and BEST Robotics program

  • Create an entry for your Engineering Notebook sharing what you learned from your research and how it will help your team.
  • Use the links above to analyze 2 videos of Demolition. Explain what went right and what went wrong. Could the wrong be predicted? Are their tools that are unpredictable used in demolition?

Digital Citizenship

  • Be sure to cite the sources and resources you used for your learning and projects by creating a Bibliography page in your project with the name of the websites and URL addresses
  • Be sure to include the sources and resources used in your Engineering Notebook by adding the name of the websites, books etc. and the URL address

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Remember-content vocabulary: interactions, communities, demolition, change, accommodate, decommission, safety, OSHA, hazzards, hazzardous, danger

Understand-research to learn more about the topic of renewable and fossil fuels

Apply-taking notes and synthesizing meaning from resources to build their knowledge 

Analyze-determine the pros and cons of fossil fuels and renewable energy, costs and benefits

Evaluate-resources used for research to answer questions and develop notebook entry 

Create-Engineering Notebook entry, Activity/Project completed and shared

Workforce Skills

Critical Thinking, Analyzing and Evaluating information, Creating, Writing, Research, Communication, Problem Solving, Collaboration

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