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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

Keep It Up

Fun Forces
Summary
In this activity, students will design a bridge or a building and observe how it performs in a simulated earthquake. Then they will revise their designs to make them stronger and perform the simulation again.
Overview
Topic: Engineering design and earthquakes
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of engineering design
  • An exploration of the effects of earthquakes on structures
Objective
Students will gain an understanding of how earthquakes can affect structures like bridges and buildings. They will also apply the principles of engineering design to construct, test, and modify structures in response to simulated earthquakes.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 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.

5-MINUTE REFRESHER

TAKE FIVE

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