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    Earthquake Resistant Building Project

    Published on - February 15, 2018 by mayayolandethomas

    Teachers & Parents

    Matthew Burch, a STEM educator at the Somerville Public Schools, is working to embed mathematics within meaningful classroom projects. In one of these projects, his students construct earthquake resistant buildings designed to carry a certain load and withstand a vigorous shake.

    Check out this video of a student's building withstanding the shake test!


    Burch's students use Tinkercad as a tool to brainstorm and model buildings, and they are encouraged use the design process to find solutions to real world problems.



    Screen Shot 2018-02-11 at 2.30.53 PM Criteria for Building Project


    Thanks for the inspiration Matt--keep on tinkering!

    Listen to the full video of Matthew and other educators talk about their experiences using Project Based Learning in the classroom here.