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While students are limited to the use of provided classroom materials, they might brainstorm ideas for other appropriate building materials. Students could build structures at home, or bring materials to class for use in individual or group settings. While Step 9 of the lesson allows students to redesign as many times as class allows in order to modify or improve their structures, students might benefit from a class discussion about which structures worked or did not. They could then use this information to plan for structure revision.Students could also view before and after pictures of earthquake damage, comparing buildings which remained standing with the least damage to those which did not survive. Students could discuss possible reasons for the damage, observing structure (height, etc.) of building.