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Carolina® Earthquakes Classroom Kit

Item # 770032 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply.

  • Built for use with the Microsoft® Hacking STEM Project, Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes
  • Classroom kit includes materials for 6 student stations and takes 2 to 3 weeks of classroom time
  • Meets middle school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) standards

Price

$249.75

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This kit was built for use with the Microsoft® Hacking STEM Project, Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes.

In this lesson, core earth science ideas are integrated with important 21st-century technical skills. Emphasis is placed on combining science, engineering, and technology to gather and visualize earthquake data critical for making informed decisions about human safety. Students model how engineers incorporate tuned mass dampers in skyscraper design to make them resistant to earthquake damage.

Activity Requirements
This activity requires project instructions, technical requirements, and lesson plans from the Microsoft® Hacking STEM website, including:

Build and Learn
Students begin this set of activities by building a transverse wave machine to visualize "S" and "P" waves. Students then build seismographs to measure and visualize seismic waves. In the final activity, students model how engineers use technology in skyscraper design to make them resistant to earthquake damage. They construct a model skyscraper equipped with a tuned mass damper, similar to the one installed in the Taipei 101 Tower.

Connect Your Tools
Seismographs connect to a microcontroller, programmed to measure the magnitude of wave energy passing through them. This allows for visualization in a customized Excel® workbook. Students observe, record, test, and analyze data, drawing conclusions about what they've observed. A microcontroller is added to the model skyscraper to study the impact of the earthquake, both with and without the tuned mass damper. Throughout this activity, students see how scientists and engineers, from different fields of study, work together to achieve a common goal.

Visualize the Data
Have this lesson come to life by using the custom Excel® workbook to visualize and analyze live data from student-built instruments. The customized Excel® worksheet visualizes pendulum movement and building sway, while allowing for observation and recording of live data. Recorded data can be saved into the trial data section for comparison and analysis.

Classroom kit includes materials for 6 student stations and takes 2 to 3 weeks of classroom time. Project requires materials from the Carolina® Arduino® Microcontroller Kit (item #770050) or the Carolina® micro:bit Microcontroller Kit (item #770055) and the Carolina Tool Kit (item #770060). Please check the "What's Included" tab for details.

Microsoft® Hacking STEM Projects are a collection of inquiry-driven, standards-aligned lesson plans that integrate visualizing data into existing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. These hands-on activities engage students in computational and design thinking and situate them in solving real-world problems.

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Product Families Featuring This Item:

 
Components Qty Included?
Cardboard, 8-1/2 x 11" 6 Included
Earthquake Slider Board 1 Included
Wooden Dowel, 4-3/4 mm diam x 92 cm L 10 Included
C-Clamp, 3" 1 Included
Gum Drop, 8-oz Bag 6 Included
Straws 12 Included
Rubber Band, Large 1 Included
Paper Plate 42 Included
Rubber Grommet, 4 mm diam 6 Included
Insulating Ring Terminal, 12-10 awg 6 Included
Bolt, 1/4 x 1" 6 Included
Male-to-Male Jumper Wires 54 Included
Breadboard 6 Included
Push Pins 6 Included
String, 15 cm 30 Included
Washers, #10 150 Included
Wing Nut, 1/4", 20 tpi 6 Included
Ribbon, 91 cm 6 Included
Wooden Skewer, 10" 120 Included
Emery Board 30 Included
Plastic Cup 30 Included
Wooden Spool 30 Included
Disc Magnet 30 Included
Magnet Wire, 32 awg, 360 cm 30 Included
Alligator Clips, Pin Ended 60 Included
Triple-Axis Accelerometer with 8-Pin Header, Pre-Soldered 6 Included
Scissors 6 Needed, Not Included
Hot Glue Gun 6 Needed, Not Included
Ruler 6 Needed, Not Included
Utility Knife 6 Needed, Not Included
Marker and Pencil 6 Needed, Not Included
Arduino® Uno or micro:bit Microcontroller 6 Needed, Not Included
USB Cable Type A to Type B or Type A to Micro 6 Needed, Not Included
Breadboard 6 Needed, Not Included