90 Minutes  |  5th – 12th Grades

earthquakeUsing Northeastern University’s Civil Engineering Earthquake Laboratory, students get a chance to see what an earthquake simulation looks (and feels) like!  Then, after an introduction into building design and earthquake effects, students break into small groups and work with K’NEX pieces to create a structure that will withstand the highest earthquake simulation possible.  After the structures are tested to failure, students can take turns standing on the shake table to get a feel for what it is like to be in the middle of a mild earthquake.

MA Framework Content Standards:
High School: Earth and Space Science:
3.10. Relate Earthquakes and Natural Disasters to Tectonic Plate movements.  3.11. Seismic Data and Earth’s Interior Structure, Earthquake Epicenters. 3.12. Describe Richter Scale

Lesson Plan:
Lesson Plan – Shake Table Demonstration


Handouts:
Shake Table Intro

The Science of Earthquakes