Bellingen High School

Survive the Shake

Earthquakes are the cause of many deaths in poor communities around the world. Mud and bamboo buildings are common in these areas. Strong, yet simple dwellings need to be designed to maximise stability in order to minimise the loss of life.
Students design, produce and evaluate a multi-storey structure that is able to withstand an earthquake simulation.




Bellingen High School STEM Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Year Group
Year 8
Learning Across the Curriculum
ict Information and communication technology capability
l Literacy
cct Numeracy
n Personal and social capability
Science Outcomes
SC4-11PW Physical World
SC4-13ES Earth and Space
Working Scientifically:
SC4-4WS, SC4-6WS, SC4-8WS, SC4-9WS
Technology (Mandatory) Years 7-8 Outcomes
4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.4.1, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6.1
Mathematics Outcomes
MA4-12MG, MA4-13MG, MA4-4NA, MA4-5NA, MA4-6NA, MA4-7NA, MA4-20SP
Working Mathematically Outcomes
MA4-1WM, MA4-2WM, MA4-3WM
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The outcomes addressed are from the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW., Years 7–10 Syllabuses.

Learning Across the Curriculum covers cross-curriculum priorities, general capabilities and other areas identified by the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) NSW.