Aww, it’s a science museum shaketable exhibit for kids. Make your own building and wreck it with an earthquake.
misci_nyCheck out miSci’s newest hands-on exhibit: The MIGHTY SHAKE TABLE!
Build a structure from the building blocks provided. Turn the knob to start the earthquake. During the earthquake you can vary the intensity of the seismic waves by adjusting the potentiometer. See how well your structure stands up to the mighty forces of an earthquake!
The Mighty Shake Table teaches all sorts of stuff:
1. Earthquake Engineering Concepts: Engineering principles required to build a structure that survives an earthquake; foundation, height-base ratio, symmetry and truss.
2. Earth Science Concepts: Earthquakes are caused by motion on fault lines or breaks in the crust, plate tectonics and how major geological events affect the earth’s structure.
3. Science of Waves: The energy released by the movement of the earth’s plates along fault lines causes the seismic waves and what causes wave frequency to increase.
4. Scientific Testing: Analyze data from shake tests to determine similarities and differences between building designs to develop the best building practices for structures to withstand earthquakes.
Plus, it’s just a lot of FUN!!