STEM Challenge: Can you build a tower with only ONE supply? Kids will try all kinds of things with this one, including making columns. Their thinking will change a lot as they learn about counter balancing! whatever you do, don't sneeze!
INFOGRAPHIC: How engineering is keeping us safe from earthquakes
This is a STEM design challenge where students will design an earthquake proof building, place it on a shake table and see if it survives an earthquake. Have students compete to make the best design by following the design process. Each packet includes the lesson plan which follows the design process, instructions on how to perform the challenge and a prototyping worksheet.
Teaching Idea: This is a wonderful demonstration of how the earth's soil reacts during an earthquake and how this reaction effects buildings and other structures. This would be a great visual for students to see before they research particular earthquakes or fault lines.