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Shake it up with Seismographs!

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on exploring how the development of seismographs has helped save lives around the world. Students work in teams to design their own seismograph out of everyday items, and test its ability to record a simulated classroom earthquake. Students evaluate their own seismographs, those of classmate teams, and present findings to the class.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn about seismograph technology.
  • Learn about engineering design.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • seismographs
  • interaction of technology and environmental issues
  • engineering design
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students learn how seismographs record and can help predict earthquakes and other earth movements. They explore the impact of how technology can positively impact the world. Students work in teams to design their own seismograph out of everyday items, and test its ability to record a simulated classroom earthquake. Students evaluate their own seismographs, those of classmate teams, and present findings to the class.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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