Shake Table

Ages 9-16+

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Shake things up by engineering your very own shake table that can simulate an earthquake! Build a motor-powered platform, complete with a spinner to make it quiver and quake. Then use foam balls and toothpicks to design a structure sturdy enough to withstand your shake table's shimmying.

Includes illustrated blueprint instructions, materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine to learn more about earthquakes.


  • Build the base
  • Build the spinner
  • Build the structure
  • Make an earthquake!


  • Building Construction
  • Earthquakes
  • Vibration Control

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    Kelly, May 11, 2019

    Real life events

    The theme of this project was really fascinating to my daughter. She liked that the shake table could create something resembling a San Francisco earthquake. It was also interesting for her to learn how the center of gravity of a building works in an earthquake.

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    Ruth, Apr 29, 2019

    Fun experiments

    My son had so much fun experimenting with this Tinker Crate. He loved designing new buildings that are more and more earthquake resistant. Overall it helped him learn so much about earthquakes.

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    Edward, Jan 13, 2019

    Great theme and concepts

    This crate had great directions and plenty of interaction after the main project was completed. I liked the overall theme and the concepts behind the experiments.

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