Earthquake simulation

CM2 class is doing a unit on GEOLOGY. The Big Idea of teaching GEOLOGY is to introduce the children to the composition of our planet EARTH. Through the unit they have been learning about geological features above and below the earth’s surface. For example, Tectonic plate theory explained how mountains, volcanoes, and trenches are created on land and under the sea. For Science Week the CM2s took upon a great challenge of constructing a simulation of an earthquake by making a Shake Table (device engineers use to simulate back and forth shaking of an earthquake) and designed a Structure (using toothpicks, straws and modeling clay) that could hold up to 30 seconds of constant movement mimicking an earth quake. Needless to say it was a huge success as students did a live demo of their structures on the shake table. Some pics are attached.

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