Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Science - Earthquakes

The students have done their research, drawn their designs and assembled their structures. Here's how they turned out. 

  • What do think about their structures? 
  • Please predict whether you think they will stand up to the test.  
  • Which one will be the strongest? 
  • Tell us why you think this?  

                          Structure 1
Jack and Dillon

Structure 2

Malachi, Teqhin and Aiden

Structure 3

Jack, Brody and  Jonathon

Structure 4

Ryan, Lincoln, James and Tama

Structure 5

Jahmyn, Thomas and Joshua

Team 6 (unfortunately, these girls didn't have enough time to complete their structure and we were unable to test it)

Hannah, Sydney and Camelle

Thursday, 28 May 2015


We have been looking at earthquakes this week in Room 27.
The students have learnt about plate tectonics and the relationship to earthquakes.
In our discussions, they realised the amount of damage caused to buildings. Groups were asked to research how to build a quake proof structure, then were given some blue tack, matchsticks and skewers.
The rules were simple

Construct a Structure that is:

  •  around 30cm tall
  • with a base no more than 15cm x 15cm
  • cello tape can only be used to join sticks
The structure is to be tested in a baking dish placed on a tray with marbles (pictured below).

Come back soon to see some of the structures created and how well they tested