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Plainfield students create earthquake-proof buildings

Lincoln Elementary School third-grade honors student Liam Morris studies his team's earthquake-proof building on March 13.
Lincoln Elementary School third-grade honors student Liam Morris studies his team's earthquake-proof building on March 13.

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.

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