One of my boys had a science project this past year on Earthquakes where he had to create a building and show why his building design would be better than any others. I suggested he create two buildings on a shake table to show one building that wobbles and one that stands firm.
Living next to a crafts store supplied the bits of hobby wood and foam necessary for the project. I supplied the project technical support for him, a couple of hand tools and some glue. He got an A+ on it.