Here’s a couple of the videos we captured of the 9.0 (severe shaking + 1.0 minutes) earthquakes. Admittedly, our earthquake simulator had some flaws in its design. Most groups were able to engineer fairly robust structures from flimsy materials.
We might try this again with a redesigned simulator and see if we can test other, more rigid materials to get a better idea of what kinds of variables effect a building’s ability to withstand the “big one”.
When writing your science reports, make sure you provide a lot of knowledge and detail in your analysis of:
- why did some structures collapse and others didn’t?
- why was my hypothesis right/wrong?
- what important information did we learn from this experiment?