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Dive into Design

Based of the The Tech Challenge 2015, learners will engage in two mini-design challenges related to seismic engineering. Can be team or individually built, this challenge attempts to "raise the roof" on skyscraper heights.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Shake Tables
  • Adhesives and attaching materials (glue, tape, rubber bands, paper clips etc.)
  • A variety of wires (insulated and metal and pipe cleaner-type materials)
  • Different types of wood
  • paper of varying thickness
  • Weights, around 1 pound, that can be used to load test materials (You will need 3 per group)
  • Team journals
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Foil
  • Foam sheets
  • Straws
  • Coffee Stir Straws
  • Rubber bands (multiple sizes)
  • Paper clips
  • String
  • Masking tape
  • Bendable plastic (e.g. transparency sheets)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Earthquakes
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • Noyce Foundation

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