Earth Science Open House

Estella Knobbe

Earthquake PBL

How can we, as structural engineers, construct a two story house in California for Tony Stark that will withstand seismic activity?


For our earthquake PBL project, we designed a house sturdy enough to withstand earthquakes. We built the house like Tony Stark had asked us to build him an amazing and safe house. We had to meet requirements of how tall it was, and we made it out of popsicle sticks and clay. We worked in teams, and we each a different job. We also wrote a written explanation and had a drawn roughdraft of our structure. In the end, the finished project was fabulous!

Atmosphere 30 Hands Project

For our 30 hands project, we had to use a new app called 30 hands. We researched things about global warming and climate change, and added pictures. We had to have 9 slides, so we made the slides,on Piccollage and then transported the, into 30 hands. We then wrote a script and recorded ourselves. This helped us learn about the atmosphere and fossil fuels. I really enjoyed this project because I love making Picollage's.

Invention Convention

The Invention Convention is our most recent project. We got with groups of 2 or 3 people and had to research a problem with our enviornment. We then had to come up with a invention or innovation to figure out how we could solve this problem. We also got to draw our final product, as well as doing a written explanation of our idea. Our innovation works to solve the problem of too many landfills. Our innovation takes trash , turns it into ash using different methods like geothermal, and the ash, using mechanical pulping, is turned to metal. Then, the metal is turned to a giant fan that uses solar power to create energy.

My Favorite Unit in Science

My favorite unit this year in science was the earthquake unit. Earthquakes were very interesting, like the strike and slip fault. The different faults were very cool and the pictures were too because of how they showed where the faults are.