Some knowledge of plate tectonics. Need to know how to use the internet.
Understand what causes earthquakes and the types of things that are studied during an event. Understand how scientists measure earthquakes and how building structures survive or are damaged during an earthquake.
Can print out notes page for students to complete using powerpoint presentation or have them answer on sheet of paper.
Text of Learning Exercise:
This assignment consists of 2 parts: 1) Have students view the powerpoint and answer the questions on the notes page. 2) Have students visit the "Make a Quake" website and have them construct different building structures on different ground types. Make sure they read the evaluations at the end of each simulation and have them compare and contrast what happens to their building during the same magnitude of earthquake simulated.