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8th grade science class tests earthquake-resistant structures on February 20

When reading up on types of earthquake-resistant structures, one will be greeted with a variety of options when it comes to construction.

Flexible foundations, seismic dampers, ductile materials which can either deflect, absorb, transfer or distribute vibrations from seismic activity. Professional architects and contractors have a variety of materials at their disposal to attempt this. The 8th grade science class at Saratoga Middle High School just had marshmallows and pasta noodles.

Yet, quite a few of their structures survived the rigorous testing of science teacher Lesley Urasky. The projec...


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