Earthquake Simulator (micro:bit)

ByStrawbees

In this two, 45 minute parts lesson, simulate the movements caused by different earthquakes through the construction and testing of a shake table. To connect this build to the real-world, students will hypothesize if their shake table tower could survive a natural hazard in the context of a specific geographical location.

  • NGSS
    3-5-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    3-5-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    MS-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • STEAM Classroom Robotics - micro:bit
Age range
8-14+
Duration
90m
Grades:
United States 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Topics
Cardboard
Earth Science
Earthquakes
Engineering Design
Natural hazards
Assets
  • Student journal
  • Guide - Simple Machines and Linkages

Earthquake Simulator (micro:bit)

Earthquake Simulator (micro:bit)