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'Wobble' Platform for strong structures

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by PaultonsParkEducation, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. PaultonsParkEducation

    PaultonsParkEducation New commenter

    We are looking around to try and purchase a vibrating / wobble platform for strong structures lessons - earthquake simulator style.

    Does anybody know where to get one or any advice on what has worked previously to test children's models?
     
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    We used a homemade platform made of a square piece of wood (sides about 60cm) with segments of a circle (made from mdf) attached underneath on two opposite side. We then pushed down one of the sides which didn't have a segment attached 1cm, 2cm, 3cm etc and let go and noted how many cm each structure could cope with before falling over or coming apart. This worked well. I've since seen another version on a science course and it also worked well for testing structures. It was made of wood and tennis balls and resembled this:
    https://www.sciencebuddies.org/scie...ineering/building-the-tallest-tower#procedure
     

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