Have any of you ever been in an earthquake? If you have, what was the experience like? What emotions did you experience? If you’ve never experienced an earthquake, how do you think you would react to one?
One of the main dangers of earthquakes is the collapse of buildings. Is there a way to determine if a building can withstand an earthquake? What types of earthquake-proof construction do you think can help buildings survive? Do you think constructing earthquake-proof buildings is a new idea, or has it been practiced for centuries in some cultures?
In this activity, you will work in groups, or alone, to simulate earthquakes of different magnitudes online and observe how they affect buildings. First you will make construction choices that you think will help a building survive an earthquake. Then you’ll choose the location and the magnitude of the earthquake. After the simulation you’ll examine the earthquake-proof construction to see how effective it was. You will chart your simulated data in Office Excel so you can develop conclusions based on your findings and present them in a written report.