Shake-Up Engineering Challenge


AUSTIN, Minn.- Students at Southgate Elementary School are exercising their brains through an engineering challenge.

Students in the Pi Academy are showing off their building design, which is meant to withstand a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

They were able to design their structure from things like markers, cotton balls and straws.

However, their biggest lesson was teamwork.

“We hope that using these type of real world lessons that the students are learning those skills of communicating and collaborating so that they can bring it together later in everything that they do,” said Karla Carroll, Teacher at Southgate Elementary School.

Students have been preparing for this day for about a month. They watched movies on earthquakes to get some ideas.


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