This classroom demonstration utilizes a manual shake table to teach K-12 students about earthquake engineering concepts. Topics covered include cross bracing and pendulum tuned mass dampers. This acitvity can be employed in a lesson plan centered on engineering and science principles such as Newton's Laws of Motion, pendulums, frequency, period, oscillation, damping, energy, forces, acceleration, earthquakes, earthquake engineering, and more.
Credits and References
Additional details can be found in the teachers supplemental written by Heidi Falson at Peer Berkeley HERE
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Jason Lloyd; NEES EOT (2011), "K'Nex Buildings: Cross Bracing and Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper," http://nees.org/resources/2911.