Build, Stack, and Shake
Meet a family that's moving into a Habitat for Humanity house in Guatemala, just as soon as the walls are up. Help make their home sturdy by using the proper materials and construction.
Did you know earthquakes are fairly common in Guatemala? How does this change the way homes must be built? Guatemala lies on a major fault zone known as the Motagua and Chixoy-Polochic fault complex. From big earthquakes in the past, builders have learned how homes must be constructed to stay standing even when earthquakes occur.
In Imagine a House Guatemala, workers are needed to side the walls with concrete blocks. Can you help us with this task? To make the house strong, be sure to:
- Load the wheelbarrow to carry materials
- Stack the blocks to build the house
- Test the shake table and see if your structure stays standing
Guatemala, In: Countries of the World, Michael Dahl*
The Most Beautiful Place in the World, Ann Cameron
Enchantment of the World. Second series, "Guatemala", Marion Morrison
*At the time of writing, these books were not found at the Brookings Library.