Earthquake Resistant Buildings

In a recent science class, the fourth graders were asked to create a building that was at least two stories high. They were to use only toothpicks and mini-marshmallows as building materials. Their goal was to have their building withstand an “earthquake”.

Some buildings withstood the earthquake while others had trouble standing on their own, let alone standing during a quake. Either way, we learned some lessons and had fun doing it. In the end, we learned that earthquake resistant designs were aided by a few important engineering techniques: cross bracing, a wide base, and a tapered top.

Check out the video to see the 4A minds at work.

Earthquake Resistant Building Designs from Kevin Baumbach on Vimeo.