Base Isolation for Earthquake Resistance
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
Resources in this top level collection a) must have scored Exemplary or Very Good in all five review categories, and must also rate as “Exemplary” in at least three of the five categories. The five categories included in the peer review process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: May 24, 2018
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Explain what base isolation is and different methods that are used.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Design model buildings with base isolation elements.
- Conduct base isolation experiments and analyze results.
Other skills goals for this activity
- Working in groups
- Using physical models
Description and Teaching Materials
Base Isolation for Earthquake Resistance Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 478kB May20 18)
Teaching Notes and Tips
The student exercise serves as the summative assessment for the activity. Some questions have clearly correct answers. Teachers can develop a simple grading scheme for open ended questions such as two points for thorough and correct answer, one point for partially correct, and zero for incorrect.