19.1: Tent Design  Part 1
Have you ever been camping?
You might know that sleeping bags are all about the same size, but tents come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Your task is to design a tent to accommodate up to four people, and estimate the amount of fabric needed to make your tent. Your design and estimate must be based on the information given and have mathematical justification.
First, look at these examples of tents, the average specifications of a camping tent, and standard sleeping bag measurements. Talk to a partner about:
 Similarities and differences among the tents
 Information that will be important in your designing process
 The pros and cons of the various designs
Tent Styles
Tent Height Specifications
height description  height of tent  notes 

sitting height  3 feet  Campers are able to sit, lie, or crawl inside tent. 
kneeling height  4 feet  Campers are able to kneel inside tent. Found mainly in 3–4 person tents. 
stooping height  5 feet  Campers are able to move around on their feet inside tent, but most campers will not be able to stand upright. 
standing height  6 feet  Most adult campers are able to stand upright inside tent. 
roaming height  7 feet  Adult campers are able to stand upright and walk around inside tent. 
Sleeping Bag Measurements
 Create and sketch your tent design. The tent must include a floor.
 What decisions were important when choosing your tent design?

How much fabric do you estimate will be necessary to make your tent? Show your reasoning and provide mathematical justification.