Measuring Tsunami Speeds


  • 1  “wave bin” (large plastic container with hole cut in bottom- cover hole with flexible plastic material, and tape in place)
  • stopwatch
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Modeling Tectonic Interactions


  • 2 colors of Play-Doh
  • plastic folder, cut into 2 8″x10″ flat sheets

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Building Earthquake-Resistant Structures


  • a piece of styrofoam, measuring roughly 8in x 8in (2 per group)
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 vortex mixer (ask a biologist…)

For “stone” construction

  •  peanut butter
  • 1 box of sugar cubes

For “wood” construction

  • 1 generous handful of popsicle sticks
  • 1 blocks of modeling clay
  • scotch tape

For “steel” construction

  • handful of pipe cleaners

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History of Science

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Modeling Mantle Convection

Adapted from L.W. Braile