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Earthquake Engineers

As part of our Active Planet Topic, Year 3 have been researching and developing earthquake proof buildings.

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The children first looked at how engineers use geometry to help them make buildings strong and sturdy, as the children identified a range of different shapes that were common in many buildings. From this, the children explored these different shapes, discovering that some have a higher load-bearing limit that others and this resulted in the agreed findings that a triangle has a very high limit.

From this discovery the children then designed and constructed a building that was over 15cm high, using marshmallows and wooden sticks. The children worked collaboratively with their engineering partners, listening to each other and respecting each other’s ideas.  As a result of this great teamwork and research, each structure survived and withstood a simulated 10 second earthquake.  

By Max Berry

Year 3 Macaws Teacher

Science Subject Leader