Build an Earthquake-Resistant House
- Analyze data from simulated earthquake tests to determine how well a base isolation system performed.
- Understand that technology can reduce the impact of natural disasters on humans.
- Compare the test data from two competing solutions and determine which solution was better.
OverviewExplore how technology can save lives in this fun engineering lesson plan! Earthquakes can cause devastation and loss of life when they strike, but earthquake-resistant buildings can stay standing and keep people safe. In this project, your students will build model earthquake-resistant buildings and measure their movement during a simulated earthquake using Google's Science Journal app.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
Testing Station (at least 1 per class, more if you have multiple phones available)
For each group of 2–4 students:
Area of Science
Natural disasters, structural engineering