Dayton Regional STEM Center
(937) 225-4598
200 S. Keowee St. Dayton, OH 45402

Shake It Up Baby

Student teams are challenged to build a cost-effective base-isolation prototype that will prevent damage to a building in the event of an earthquake. In order to effectively complete the design challenge, students will investigate the causes and effects of earthquakes by researching Earth’s composition, faults, and seismic waves. Teams will then choose a design using a decision analysis matrix, sketch a schematic of the plan, and design a prototype of their base-isolation system. Students will evaluate their prototype by rigorously testing its ability to withstand various types of seismic waves and prevent building structure from collapsing in an earthquake simulator. Finally, teams will present a persuasive multimedia design proposal to the National Register of Historic Places as well as to the United States Defense Security cooperation Agency (DSCA) in hopes of having an opportunity to make a difference and serve others through winning the contract.