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Q'eswachaka: A Living Legacy of Inka Engineering

This poster, for students in grades 5–8, provides a general introduction to the Inka Empire and the Great Inka Road system with special focus on the engineering aspects of a suspension bridge. Students learn from modern–day Inka descendants and gain hands-on experience as they build a suspension bridge in class. Este recurso también está disponible en español.

Resource Information

grades   5 6 7 8
English Language Arts, Environment, Science, Social Studies, STEM
Andes, South America
Ayni, Chakacamayuc, Grass Bridge, Great Inka Road, Inka Engineering, Q'eswachaka, Qhapaq ñan, Quechua, suspension bridge, Tawantinsuyu
Essential Understandings

3: People, Places, and Environments
For thousands of years, indigenous people have studied, managed, honored, and thrived in their homelands. These foundations continue to influence American Indian relationships and interactions with the land today.

8: Science, Technology, and Society
American Indian knowledge resides in languages, cultural practices, and teaching that spans many generations. This knowledge is based on long-term observation, experimentation, and experience with the living earth. Indigenous knowledge has sustained American Indian cultures for thousands of years. When applied to contemporary global challenges, Native knowledge contributes to dynamic and innovative solutions.


Academic Standards

Common Core State Standards

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Middle Grades) National Council for the Social Studies

III. Peoples, Places, and Environments.
Knowledge. The concept of regions identifies links between people in different locations according to specific criteria (e.g. physical, economic, social, cultural, or religious)

VIII. Science, Technology, and Society.
Knowledge. Science and technology have changed peoples' perceptions of the social and natural world, as well as their relationship to the land, economy and trade, their concept of security, and their major daily activities

National Geography Standards

Explain how changes in transportation and communication technology influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the diffusion of ideas and cultural practices.