This project was based on the EiE unit, Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake Resistant Buildings module. Youth participated in a series of activities exploring how buildings can be designed to withstand earthquakes. They began the project with using index cards to create towers in order to understand what an engineer does and how what they do can be used to help solve various problems especially when dealing with earthquakes.
Youth created shake tables to be used throughout the various earthquake activities, then built rough units to stack on the shake table to learn more about the power of earthquakes and the damage they can create. Students used the smaller units from their previous built and their shake tables to test various ways of keeping the stacked units from sliding around the shake table and from top levels separating from bottom levels. They used an app, iSeismometer, to calibrate the amount of shaking.
Units were then created to attempt to create a new building that can withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Youth then worked to create or improve upon building codes for building in an earthquake area.