Buildings and Earthquakes

Build model buildings and test them for earthquake resistance using a shake table.

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Earthquakes happen when forces in the Earth cause violent shaking of the ground. Earthquakes can be very destructive to buildings and other man-made structures. Design and build various types of buildings, then test your buildings for earthquake resistance using a shake table and a force sensor that measures how hard a force pushes or pulls your building.

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Subject
Engineering

Focus Area
Probeware

Grade Level
Elementary School

License
CC BY 4.0

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

3. The Nature of Technology

3B. Design and Systems
  • 3B/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that even a good design may fail. Sometimes steps can be taken ahead of time to reduce the likelihood of failure, but it cannot be entirely eliminated.
  • 3B/M4b. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the most common ways to prevent failure are pretesting of parts and procedures, overdesign, and redundancy.

4. The Physical Setting

4C. Processes that Shape the Earth
  • 4C/M1. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the interior of the earth is hot. Heat flow and movement of material within the earth cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and create mountains and ocean basins. Gas and dust from large volcanoes can change the atmosphere.
  • 4C/M2a. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that some changes in the earth's surface are abrupt (such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) while other changes happen very slowly (such as uplift and wearing down of mountains).

8. The Designed World

8B. Materials and Manufacturing
  • 8B/M1*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the choice of materials for a job depends on their properties.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/E2*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, number lines, maps, and oral and written descriptions can be used to represent objects, events, and processes in the real world.
  • 11B/E3** (SFAA). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.
  • 11B/M1*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Buildings and Earthquakes. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2012, May 21.</a>

AIP
Buildings and Earthquakes (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Buildings and Earthquakes (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Buildings and Earthquakes. (2012, May 21). Retrieved 2017, June 25, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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Grade Level
Elementary School
Subject
Engineering
Focus Area
Probeware
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