Earthquakes are fascinating, but no one wants to get caught in one! Luckily, it's easy to learn about earthquakes without experiencing one firsthand. In this simple Earth science experiment, you and your child will observe the effect of lateral earthquake motion on a high-rise building from the safety of your own home. Your child will delight in shaking the slinky "building" back and forth to simulate the motion of an earthquake. At the end of the experiment, he'll learn about new construction techniques that help skyscrapers resist the destructive power of this type of movement.
What You Need:
- Tabletop or desktop
- Slinky (a metal one works best)
- Piece of coarse sandpaper