Earthquake Day

Recognizing the need is the primary condition for design. Charles Eames


Year 6 students embarked on a challenge to design a structure that can survive an earthquake. Using no more than coffee stirrers, skewers and clay the students built their structures according to minimum heights. They then put their handiwork to the test, first creating a shake-table using folders, dog clips and tennis balls, then simulating an actual earthquake.

The Design and Think Day sees students collaborate and apply technological thinking to address challenges. The resulting products were creative, innovative and the result of hard fun. With millions of people displaced annually through the threat of earthquakes, the students gained valuable insight into why earthquake engineering is so important.