This is a unit consisting of 4 lessons in building structures to design specifications. It was written with North Carolina curriculum goals but meets National Science Education Standards "Science and Technology-Content Standard E" for 5th-8th grade. Students will move from the construction of a spaghetti cantilever, to a paper skyscraper, to a crash test wall and finally build and test earthquake proof houses. The materials needed are simple and inexpensive. This is a wonderful introduction for students to the world of engineering.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Physics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


science engineering forces physical



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-06-24.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This series of 4 hands-on cooperative experiments is developmentally appropriate for students in late elementary school and early middle school. This resource provides clear goals, materials needed, procedures, and assessment options and includes detailed and clear lab sheets for student use. The resource mentioned “directions to a table that can be easily constructed,” but these instructions do not appear to be included. The materials needed are simple and inexpensive, but the lessons learned are substantial. This is a lesson students are sure to enjoy!
Laura Iowa
March 24, 2009
This unit looks great! thank you I did not locate the directions for making the shake table.

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