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Description:

This lesson, based on the NOVA television broadcast 'The Day the Earth Shook', introduces students to engineering for earthquakes; specifically, architectural features that work and those that don't. The objective is to explore structural engineering through three design challenges; a relatively short, wide building; a home on a hillside; and a pyramid shape that focuses most of its mass near the bottom. Students are divided into three teams and each team is assigned one of the structure challenges. Each team will build and test its structure, record its results, then rotate to the next challenge until all three teams have attempted all three challenges.

Subjects:

  • Science > Earth Science
  • Science > Geology
  • Science > Physical Sciences

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Informal Education,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-021,Health -- Safety,Vocational/Professional Development Education,NSDL,Science -- Geology,High School,Technical Education (Lower Division),Undergraduate (Upper Division),Undergraduate (Lower Division),General Public,Science -- Physical sciences,Life Science,Higher Education,Science -- Earth science,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110503225748041T,Physics,Geoscience,Technical Education (Upper Division)

Language:

English

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