On Shaky Ground?

Upper KS2-4

Duration 4h

Earthquakes are caused by the Earth’s natural processes but can have very human consequences. Each year around 10,000 people lose their lives in earthquakes, with many more losing homes and livelihoods. This exciting day shows how science and engineering can help solve these real-world problems - using demos, games and hands-on activities in an authentic civil engineering experience.  Students will build and test their own earthquake-resistant buildings – applying key design principles that can reduce damage to buildings and save lives. Natural seismic events are also compared with human-made ones, including  those caused by hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’).  Developed in collaboration with the University of Bristol.



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