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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

Build This Structure

Fun Forces
Summary
Students will use provided materials to develop a structure that will withstand movement in Earth. A teacher will shake a table at a controlled rate for a specified timeframe. This will model a quick event on Earth compared to slower changes in Earth, such as the formation of the Grand Canyon. Students will use a rubric to evaluate different structure models.
Overview
Topic: Structures and Movement
Real World Science Topics:
  • An evaluation of the structure and model formation.
  • A comparison of the parts of the model to what it represents in real life situations.
  • An understanding of why engineers need to understand how earthquakes affect structures.
Objective
After completing this activity, students should be able to evaluate different models of structures. They will be able to describe how different aspects of structures may be advantageous if an earthquake were to occur. Students will also be able to discuss the need for research and study when engineers create buildings.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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