Earthquake in the STEM lab

GEMS club designed and tested earthquake resistant buildings today.  We engineered our “buildings” with toothpicks and mini-marshmallows built on a foundation of Jell-O.  Once constructed we wiggled the Jell-O to simulate S waves and pounded on the base of the jello pans to simulate the compression and primary waves of an earthquake.  Here are the directions we used and some pictures of our activity: http://www.teachengineering.org/view_activity.php?url=collection/cub_/activities/cub_natdis/cub_natdis_lesson03_activity1.xml

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