Designing an earthquake-resistant building

English, Lyn D. & King, Donna T. (2016) Designing an earthquake-resistant building. Teaching Children Mathematics, 23(1), pp. 47-50.

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How do cross-bracing, geometry, and base isolation help buildings withstand earthquakes? These important structural design features involve fundamental geometry that elementary school students can readily model and understand. The problem activity, Designing an Earthquake-Resistant Building, was undertaken by several classes of sixth- grade students (10–11-year-olds) toward the end of a three-year STEM education program that began when they were in grade 4. Students learned about engineers, how they improve society, and how design processes help solve engineering-based problems.

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ID Code: 98581
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: engineering, mathematics, science, earthquakes, design
DOI: 10.5951/teacchilmath.23.1.0047
ISSN: 2327-0780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2016 04:35
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 00:31

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