Build an Earthquake-Resistant Structure

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Future engineers design and build structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows. They then make sure the structures can withstand an earthquake simulator!

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite an architect or structural engineer to give a presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires supplies, such as toothpicks, marshmallows, and marbles
  • Some prior preparation (making an earthquake simulator) is necessary
Pros

  • Provides step-by-step instructions for the lesson
  • Lists some activity variations
Cons

  • None