Has anyone here ever been in an earthquake? If you have, what was that experience like? How did you feel during it? 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 is a way to tell if a building can withstand an earthquake? What types of earthquake-proofing 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 see how they affect buildings that you have constructed. First you will construct a building that you think can survive an earthquake. Then you will choose the location and the magnitude of the earthquake that you will simulate. After the simulation you will examine the earthquake-proofing construction for your building to see how effective it was. You will chart your simulated data in Office Excel so that you can develop conclusions based on your findings and present them in a written report.