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Timescale of Earth's Events Activity for Kids
Shake Table DIY
- Duration: 30 min
- Difficulty: Medium
- Cost: $0 to $5
Make a shake table to test different building designs!
- 2Large rubber bands
- 30Sugar cubes
- 1Use two large rubber bands to secure two textbooks together.
- 2Place four marbles in-between the two books.
- 3Make sure the marbles are close to the corners but will not fall out when shaking.
- 4On top of the books, build a sugar cube house that’s three cubes high and three cubes wide.
- 5Now push and pull on the top book to simulate an earthquake.
- 6Try building structures of different sizes and shapes to see which one is best.
How It Works
A shake table can help engineers build earthquake-proof buildings. Buildings that are tall will shake more than buildings that are close to the ground. With this in mind, engineers can use what they learned from using a shake table to change designs to keep buildings from falling down and hurting people during an earthquake.