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Engineering Towers | Elementary School Educator Curriculum

Earthquake Table Test

Devise an experiment to test the structural soundness of their tower design.

Research and collect data on structural soundness of their proposed tower designs. Testing will always provide data that will inform next steps.

OBJECTIVE: Learners devise an experiment to collect data on the structural performance of their towers.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare your tower to undergo a series of structural tests.
  2. Develop a quick earthquake and observe each type of structural changes in your tower and record in the data table.
  3. Use this evidence to inform your future design decisions.

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:

  • Is your structure strong and stable?
  • What did you learn from your tests?
  • What ideas do you have to solve your problem?

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