Earthquakes can have devastating effects when they hit unexpectedly. In regions where buildings have not been engineered to stand up to strong quakes, they are the most susceptible to major destruction and high death tolls. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a building with structural integrity? It can be extremely costly for engineers to design an earthquake-resistant building, and even then, there is no guarantee that the structure will stand against the test of a powerful earthquake. Let’s watch this video about the methods used to prevent the collapse of buildings during an earthquake.
Share this video with your students [6:35; stop at 2:50 (if time allows, you can watch the whole video)]:
The Future of Earthquake-Proof Buildings
- What does it mean to have structural integrity? (The ability of a structure to withstand stress without breaking.)
- Why is the foundation of the building so important? (A base that is specifically designed to hold up to a stressful load prevents the building from collapsing under the pressure.)
Having integrity in our own lives is very similar to a building that has structural integrity and the ability to withstand an earthquake. A building is engineered with a foundation for stability to hold up against pressure; and in our own lives, we face crumbling under stress or pressure if our foundation isn’t secure.
- What kind of pressures do you face on a daily basis that are difficult to withstand? (Answers will vary but might include peer pressure, pressure to perform well in an area such as grades, discord at home, sexual purity, etc. As your teens respond, record their answers on the whiteboard.)
In the same way that engineers might build a shield around the base of a building, we can set boundaries for ourselves that will prevent us from experiencing destruction. Let’s find out how.