Earthquake Building
Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Determine which type of soil amplifies back-and-forth earthquake shaking motion the most. [E]
Design virtual bridges using different safety features and test them for stability during a virtual earthquake. [E]
Make a simple shake-table to test if the height of a building will affect its stability. [E]
The effect of a building's height on its stability [P]
Which building design will best withstand an earthquake? [P] [P] [P]
What Type of Bridge Supports More Weight in an Earthquake [P]
Is the pyramid the strongest 3D geometric structure? [P]
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Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Does Soil Type Affect Building Stability During an Earthquake? [E]
Show that frictions dampers significantly reduce building damage by reducing sway and possibly saving lives during an earthquake. [E]
Utilizing "Maglev" Base Isolation for Reduction of Structure Damage During an Earthquake [E]
Does the weight on a Bridge affect the amount of shaking it endures during an earthquake. [E]
How the different modes of earthquake affect the damage suffered by a building? [E]
Which Structures Perform Better During an Earthquake [E] [E]
What kind of earthquake resistant foundation (rollers, ball bearings, or isolators) most protects buildings from earthquakes? [E]
Find the stronger reinforcement; plywood sheathing or cross-braces for your home to survive an earthquake. [E]
Find out how the placement of structural openings affects a building's stability during an earthquake. [E]
Which building shape best withstands earthquakes? [E] [E] [E] [E] [P]
The effect of the shape of towers on their strength [P]
Explore seismic resistive effects of different soils applied beneath a building's foundation. [E] [E]
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High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
70-foot-long concrete bridge survives series of simulated earthquakes. [E]
Surviving Seismically-Induced Liquefaction: Dynamic Centrifugal Modeling of a Novel Hybrid Floating Foundation System [E]
An Investigation of the Potential Impact of Liquefaction-Induced Lateral Spreading on a Populated Urban Setting [E]
Using Bacterial Biofilms to Reduce Liquefaction [E]
Study of the Dampening Abilities of Viscous Dampers in Buildings [E]
Determine the dynamic behavior of a structure when excited at its natural frequency, and how active damping could be used to control vibrations. [E]
How Damping Can Passively Control the Dynamic Behavior of a Structure? [E]
Determine the connection between tall narrow buildings and a breaking pencil point [P]
Wood vs. Brick During Earthquakes [E]
Earthquakes! Which Soil Mixtures Reduce Damage? [E]
Determine which soil additive out of polymers, bark or styrofoam, when mixed with soil, would be the most stable when water is added and after a simulated earthquake. [E]
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