Alex's Science Extravaganza!

Earthquakes PBL

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

The Tony Stark project was to make a model that could withstand seismic activity, and build it in a location less likely to have earthquakes. We had to research locations and how engineers build structually sound houses. Then we had to build a model and do a shake test to see if it was sturdy or not. Finally we did interview questions on building, and the shake test. That was the Tony Stark project.

We created a structure that is two-story, made out of toothpicks, wooden sticks, straws, and clay. It withstood our shake test with onky slight damage to the frame. The side of it dropped a little bit and one of the sticks came undone at the bottom, but other than that, it withheld the "earthquake". We took ideas from everyone in the group's designs and put together into one model. We also had to research about earthquakes and how to make the house more stable. Then we started building the first story, tested it, built the second story, and tested the full model. It withstood the shake test very well, and the project turned out successful.

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Atmosphere Thirty Hands Project

The Atmosphere Thirty Hands Project was a project on the Greenhouse effect and global warming. We each created a set of Pic Collages and uploaded them to Thirty Hands. We then wrote scripts describing our slides and adding additional information about the topics such as global warming. We did slides about how the Greenhouse effect effects the planet.

Invention Convention

The Invention Convention is a project were we have to use a reusable energy source to power a machine. For our project, my group and I used hydroelctricity to power a washing machine. We take water that is used to clean clothes, and have it spin a turbine, which sends energy ti the generator, powering the washing machine. It solves the problem of pollution by using a renewable resource instead if fossil fuels, which create pollutuion, espescially coal.

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