How to Make a Shake Table for Earthquake Studies
The next part of our Earth Science unit was earthquakes. Today’s post I’ll explain how we made our shake table, but before I do that I want to talk a minute about of some of the activities we did leading up to that. We used a lot of the activities from Engineering Adventures. The kids’ first activity was building towers. Their first project was to build a tower of index cards and 12 inches of tape that was 10 inches high and could support a stuffed animal. Their next project was to build a tower with sticky notes (and nothing else). We talked about the importance of making earthquake-resistant buildings. The kids learned about building codes and we talked about the building skeleton. We peeked into the attic area and checked out the building skeleton of our house:
We talked quite a bit about building design and then we got to the *really* fun stuff! Since I explained all this in a video, I’ll be brief here on the blog. To build our shake table we used
- 2 large pieces of cardboard
- heavy screws attached with duct tape
- 2 PCV pipes that I cut down to be about 10 inches long
Here is a quick video of how we made it:
If for some reason that doesn’t work, you can click on the picture below and that’ll take you there:
If you watched the video, then you’ll see that from there, we went on to build the skeleton of a building out of marshmallows and spaghetti.
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