Students build Lego structures, then test them on a shaking table to see which designs would be best for withstanding an earthquake. This relates to geology, earth science, plate tectonics, vibration, and structural integrity. This video also includes one of Mr. Mac’s crazy stories, “Jack & Jill and the Trembling Gopher,” to help students remember the lesson. Difficulty: Hard. (This lesson is rated "Hard" because it uses a motorized shaking table. But you can make it an "Easy" lesson by letting the students shake the platform themselves instead of building the motorized version.)
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