Build an Earthquake Machine

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Link to Resource: https://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/build-an-earthquake-machine/
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS); Science Friday
Publication Date:2015
Summary:Earthquakes are awe-inspiring. But the destruction, confusion, and injury associated with them often overshadow important classroom discussion about how these phenomena actually occur. By understanding what causes earthquakes, children can think about ways that scientists can work to prevent future damage from natural disasters. In this activity your class will build and explore a mechanical model of a fault to learn how energy is stored elastically in rocks and released suddenly as an earthquake.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 8
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.B; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS3-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Stability and change
Subjects: earthquake; geology; natural hazards; plate tectonics; seismology
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