Geotechnical engineers are extremely important in deciding if ANY location has suitable conditions for building a structure. Focusing on reading maps, soil properties, and erosion, second graders are going to help decide where to build structures based on the earth below it!
After their initial houses failed an earthquake test, second graders planned out, tested, and improved their earthquake-resistant house designs. Using what they know about soil and forces, they had limited materials to make sure their houses stayed standing during an earthquake. Using the engineering design process, students were allowed to improve their designs to guarantee the safety of those inside the house. Check out how creative they were with limited supplies!