This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.
Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
In this activity, students construct a model of a structure using craft sticks and glue, then test how this "designed system" functions during a simulated earthquake, an interaction with the ground .Materials available for the Design Challenge are the same for all student teams, and are used in the same quantity. Students test, revise, and then retest their structures to improve their ability to withstand "earthquakes". Teachers might guide students to brainstorm what other types of materials could be used in a design and give reasons for their observations. Extra testing sessions could follow, if time permitted.
During the pre-testing class discussion, teachers could determine students' prior knowledge by asking which features might affect building stability and why, as opposed to telling them which features they need to emphasize.