Challenge your students to design and build a tsunami-resistant house along a shoreline! This project is the perfect addition to your plate tectonics unit. It incorporates elements of the engineering design process and reviews basic graphing skills for scatter plots.
Students will research tsunami resistant designs and then design and build their own tsunami-resistant building. Students will be mindful of building material cost and will evaluate the most resistant designs. This product will have students evaluate the relationship between house design cost and safety score after a simulated tsunami test.
This is a perfect way to engage your students with these learning targets and it highlights practical applications for plate tectonics concepts. I have included a suggested lesson plan, student quest packet, and suggestions for how to create your tsunami simulator.
-I can identify the risks linked to plate boundaries.
-I can explain how plate boundaries can generate tsunamis.
-I can use the engineering design process to construct a tsunami-resistant house.
Plate Tectonics, Plate Boundaries, Tsunami, Subduction
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