This section of the IDEERS web-site is for schools
that are joining the at-Bristol Earthquake Engineering
Challenge on either April 30th or May 1st 2008.
The University of Bristol's Earthquake Engineering
and at-Bristol have challenged Year 9 students from
Bristol schools to design and make small scale models
of buildings that can stand up to strong earthquakes.
You are required to design and construct
a model of a building to a scale of roughly 1:25.
Your model must:
be made only from MDF board, paper, glue and string.
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have at least 4 floors and fit on 25 cm square base
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be able to carry 7.5 kilograms or more. (Show
The model should stand up to artificial earthquakes
generated on the Shaking-Table
in the University of Bristol's EERC
To find out about the rules for the at-Bristol Challenge
and the artificial earthquakes, visit these pages.
The At-Bristol Challenge and
Rules are different from the IDEERS Challenge, so
make sure you read these at-Bristol pages for the
How to make a strong
Earthquakes cause sideways forces on buildings (Explain
You can find out how to strengthen your model to resist
sideways forces by reading these pages in the IDEERS
Resistant Buildings section.
To get hints for making your model, read these pages
IDEERS Competition section
Techniques (Construction Tips)
Your Model (Hints on bracing)
(Designs by others)