Earthquake Simulation Lab


      How can buildings withstand an earthquake? A range of technologies have been developed to construct buildings that are highly resistant to earthquakes. Buildings should at least have enough seismic performance to protect the people inside from damage in a large earthquake. New technological options are now provided to further increase their performance, for example to make buildings resistant to earthquakes beyond the level set by the building standards, to protect fixtures and fittings inside buildings from earthquake damage, or to protect the building as a whole. A building can be created to withstand an earthquake simulation. 





Table Top Earthquake Generator: (prep built / purchased)

Optional: Linear Accelerometer (m/s2); tbd


Group / Pairs


- (2) 8 oz (~56 cookies) Packages of Wafer Cookies

- Spaghetti Noodles

- Dissection Tray

- Ruler

- Knife

- Scissors

- Straight Needle Probe

- References




1.      Gather materials as directed.

2.      Construct the building using the cookies and noodles on the tray in ensure some stability and ease of transport to the testing area.

3.      The building can be of any shape you desire; however, keep in mind the following:


- Distribution of weight                              - Shape and placement

      - Height variations                                      - Foundation stability





-          Building must be 30+ cm’s high.

-          No other forms of materials are to be used in any way.

-          Structure is to have character/design elements; not just a solid box.

-          If complete, the “foundation test(s)” will be given for extra credit.

-          One can rebuild after each test or alter the shape, height, or

primary construction.



4.  Once the test(s) is/are complete, clean-up your area and complete the Answer Sheet.