Build an earthquake proof structure

Build an earthquake proof structure
Publication Date: November, 2010
Type of Resource: Weblink

This online resource gives details for a student activity building and testing a structure that needs to withstand simulated earthquake vibrations.

Students use a shake table to simulate the earthquakes' movement. The activity can be used as is, or can be used as a stimulus for similar activities such as simulating liquifaction. There is also scope to build and test different types of structures, using a variety of materials, to examine how the shake table affects the structures. This activity would be best used in conjunction with a unit studying earthquakes and their effects. 

Additional Information

This activity also aligns with the key learning area of Technologies—Design and technologies.  

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