Rooftop Investigation Mystery

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" ~ Albert Einstein

The school group was participating in a History Day competition at Pennsylvania State University.
One of the students wandered to the west side side of the parking garage. She called out to the group while
pointing at the next building. They all walk over to see what she has observed. It is indeed a surprise. None of
them had ever seen this.

Hone your observation, investigation and reasoning skills.
Offer a solution to the mystery about what is going on here.

Write your observations.


What resources could the students use to find more information on this structure?


Offer an explanation. Why does the roof look like this?

plants on roof

Hint: Click on the photo - a larger view will open. Use your Back button to return to this page.

Do some investigating.

Why is this done on a building?


Extend your thinking.

Is this on a building in your community?


Evaluate - Which local building would be a good candidate? Explain how you arrived at your selection.



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Posted 5/2009 Cynthia O'Hora.