Earthquake Tables Shake Up Science Lessons at Sacred Heart Academy
You would never expect an earthquake to hit Mt. Pleasant, but with the addition of three new “Tremor Tables” Sacred Heart Academy students are shaking up standard science lessons. Students in grades 7 through 12 are learning about engineering, math, physics, and earth science with a new hands-on approach. These tables help simulate earthquakes in a fun and safe way. Students can experiment by constructing their own buildings, test seismic wave effects, compete in Science Olympiad tower testing, and more.
The Kellogg Youth Fund has helped make these “earthquakes” possible for students in their exploration of STEM sciences. Sacred Heart Academy was able to expand their STEM Lab resources by purchasing the three Tremor Tables, add-on packs, and other related supplies. These fun new tools have helped encourage students to expand their knowledge of our planet. Although the new Tremor Tables are primarily used in the 7 through 12 grade classrooms, the new tools are also available to K through 6 grade students.
Since September of 2017, students have experienced how these natural events can shape our planet. Sacred Heart Academy students no longer have to create mini-earthquakes by hand. These tables have opened up a vast number of scientific experiences and memories that can help shape future careers for these young students, or future seismologists.
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