Earthquake Simulation Kit
Build a shake table in the classroom and explore how technological advances allow scientists to gather data on earthquakes to work to mitigate the damage. In this series of 3 investigations, students explain why some buildings are impacted in earthquakes, but others remain intact. They collect evidence on how buildings respond to different frequencies of shaking, build a model shake table and building, and build a dampener to improve the stability of their buildings.
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school physics course.
Teacher prep, approximately 30 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 1 week (135 minutes).
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.
HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
Science and Engineering Practices
Developing and Using Models
Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with the concepts of seismic waves and the properties of waves in general, such as frequency, period, amplitude, and wave speed.
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