Year 4 - Investigating Earthquakes

Design Competition!

Calling all young architects and engineers!

Design a new office building for the centre of town!

You need to build a model to show the structure using only matchsticks and marshmallows.

Will your new office be a tall skyscraper or low and sleek?


We then linked this activity to our Geography lesson and tested how earthquake proof our designs were! We placed each model on top of the jelly mould to see how it stood

up to the ground moving around like it would in an earthquake!

After, knowing what we now know about earthquake proof designs, we went on to improve our office building. We added cross bracing, tapers toward the top and whether it sat on a large base or not.