ERIC Number: EJ1110909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Designing an Earthquake-Resistant Building
English, Lyn D.; King, Donna T.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v23 n1 p47-50 Aug 2016
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.
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Architecture, Geometry, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Problem Solving, Building Design, STEM Education, Engineering, Relevance (Education), Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-9840; Fax: 703-476-2570; e-mail: NCTM@nctm.org; Web site: http://www.nctm.org/publications/teaching-children-mathematics/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia