Video: Earthquake-Resistant Building Lesson Plan with Google's Science Journal app

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Shake things up when you pair one of these hands-on earthquake science activities with safety information for International ShakeOut Day October 17, 2019 is International ShakeOut Day, a day when millions of people will review the recommended 3-step "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" advice for safety during an earthquake. Earthquake Science Lessons and Activities In the U.S., you may think of earthquakes mostly in the context of California, Alaska, Hawaii,… Read more
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Explore 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. A French translation of this activity is available. Read more
NGSS Performance Expectations:
  • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
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