Building an earthquake-resistant tower takes more than glue and balsa wood – it takes an understanding of earthquakes, how mass is distributed in the tower, and structural design. This guide helps students grasp these concepts so they can build and test a great tower.
The Earthquake Towers Teacher’s Guide contains NSTA, NCTM, and ITEEA standards addressed; teacher and student instructions for a variety of math, science, and engineering activities; pretests and posttests; resource pages; and puzzles. Contains separate activities for middle school and high school students.
Equipment and materials needed to complete guide activities include the Pitsco Earthquake Towers – Getting Started Package, ruler, protractor, safety glasses, clothespins or small clamps, world map, compass, waxed paper, foam board or cardboard, and standard classroom tools and materials. Note: This list is for all activities; individual activities don’t require all listed materials.
The printed version of the Earthquake Towers Teacher’s Guide is available for purchase, or you can download a digital copy for free here.