Engineering for Earthquakes Lab
|Duration: 90 minutes
Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.
|Concepts/Skills: Earthquake causes and effects, theory of plate tectonics, structural engineering and design
Construct seismically sound structures to survive “The Big One.” Students work as teams to practice the structural design and engineering process as they learn about one of California’s greatest natural threats: earthquakes.
Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Explore how differences in density can create motion in liquids. Then reflect on a demonstration of convection currents in action.
Lesson: 60 minutes
Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.
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Learn about the properties of flight by creating and testing flying contraptions! From shark fins to glider wings, discover which shapes and forms are most aerodynamic and can create lift.