Because earthquakes can cause walls to crack, foundations to move and even entire buildings to crumble, engineers incorporate incorporate into their structural designs techniques that withstand damage from earthquake forces, for example, cross bracing, large bases and tapered geometry.
Today students learned how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes by building their own structure with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students tested how earthquake-proof their buildings were by testing them on an earthquake simulated in a pan of Jell-O.
Students worked in engineering pairs to present their earthquake-proof homes to their boss. Luckily after the students tested their structures, their boss gave them an opportunity to redesign, rebuild, and test again. Students learned that re-engineering is an important part of the design process.
Mrs. Ana Rhyne
I teach 4th grade math and science at Weatherstone Elementary School. I graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Spanish and K-6 licensure.