Students in Cheryl Sebok’s class researched the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti, then worked in teams to engineer their own building.
The students created the building with a limited amount of resources including paper clips, straws and tape. The team also built a shake table to test the sturdiness of their buildings.
The shake table could simulate up to a 9.0-magnitude earthquake upon their miniature buildings. Students watched their buildings to see if they fell, sheared or slid during the test, and adjusted their buildings based on each test result.