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A Shake To Learn

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 7

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, June 27, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 7

Gabriel Carbonell   Arantxa Garralda   Marion Justel   Verónica López Hoyo   Roberta Madrazo Ibarra   Myrna Márquez   Humberto Rodríguez Pozos   Marian Verduzco  
Discover how by using a model with motion sensors, students can simulate the behavior of different structures during the different types of earthquakes to establish security measures and avoid major disasters.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Natural disasters such as Eartquakes strike the world on a daily basis and cannot be predicted. Recently, a strong Earthquake shook, among other cities in Mexico, Mexico City, resulting in fallen buildings and disaster. When this happened, students were in their classrooms taking different lessons that were assingned for that day and had to interrupt their activities to evacuate.

These events moved students to make a proposal and to design a model that can simulate different types of eartquakes and determine how different structures, with certain characteristics, would respond to a quake like that. All of it with the objective of establishing safety procedures that can help everyone prevent major disasters.

At our school, we run a 1:1 technology program that will allow students to take control of their learning by becoming autonomous learners. They will imagine and prototype their ideas so that they can achieve their goal in the best possible way. For this reason, during the poster session, they will be presenting their working model, teaching participants about earthquakes and the safty procedures that should be followed if you happen to be in one.


By building 3 models of 3 different structures ( a house, a department building and a commercial mall),that include movement sensors and a digital simulation, students will be able to simulate the 2 different types of tectonic earthquakes in order to locate security zones and possible collapses areas, making a proposal of safety procedures that can prevent further disasters. They will use Apple devices, such as iPads and different materials that they can find at the school's Makerspace (sensors, programing cards, woods...).

Supporting research

- Williams, M. (2016). What Is The Pacific "Ring Of Fire"? Universe Today. Recovered from:
- USGS: Earthquakes for Kids
- Earthquake Safety Tips. National Geographic. Recovered from:
- Tate, K. (2011) Earth Shakes and Water Waves Cause Widespread Destruction (Infographic). Recovered from:
- Oleson, T.(2014). Faking quakes at full scale: Giant shake tables simulate earthquakes to make buildings safer. EARTH: The Science Behind the Headlines. Recovered from:

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Gabriel Carbonell, Instituto Highlands
Arantxa Garralda, Instituto Highlands México
Marion Justel, Instituto Highlands
Verónica López Hoyo, Instituto Highlands Mexico
Roberta Madrazo Ibarra, Highlands International School
Myrna Márquez, Instituto Highlands
Humberto Rodríguez Pozos, Instituto Highlands
Marian Verduzco, Instituto Highlands

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