EARTHQUAKE EXPERIMENT RESULTS

Science Exp Criteria 2

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? 

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