Pecan Springs Elementary School
It's a Landslide!
The Girlstart girls at Pecan Springs Elementary learned what it’s like when their model cities (complete with model houses, a model bridge, and a model mountain next to the city) are hit by a landslide! We talked about what causes landslides, and simulated an earthquake to shake things up. We measured the intensity of our earthquakes using a smaller scale based off of the Richter scale. In order to understand how an earthquake works, we talked about how tectonic plates shift, and what really goes on under the Earth’s surface during an earthquake. After each earthquake, the girls observed the differences in the overall damage caused by the landslides. The girls concluded that seismologists have a very important job and many lives could be saved if people had warning about an earthquake ahead of time.