Everyday Engineering: Build an Earthquake Resistant Structure

Shake, rattle, and learn! Future engineers build structures out of toothpicks or spaghetti sticks, using marshmallows as connectors. They then use a homemade shake table to test the sturdiness of their creations.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils research local building codes
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires shoe boxes or other similar containers, marbles or ping-pong balls, toothpicks or spaghetti sticks, and marshmallows
  • Learners must be familiar with the engineering design cycle
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Pros
  • Directions include pictures that show the process
  • Gives a list of questions to use as discussion prompts
Cons
  • None