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Outreach Activities

How can the general public get in and actually see, touch and feel what NEES is doing?

NEES holds regularly scheduled site tours, school visits and partners with nationwide programs to deliver fun experiences that will introduce you to earthquake engineering. You will find lists of those programs, archived, current and upcoming below.

an outreach activity about liquefactionNEES hosts outreach events in your local area and lessons you can explore here in the NEESacademy. Below are links to NEES test facilities that hold public events in your area as well as several museums with exhibits on earthquake engineering

Contact us to explore events that can be held in your local area so the community can learn more about earthquake science, earthquake engineering and NEES.

Check out the Highlight Gallery for documents detailing NEES achievements in research. These stories describe projects ranging from large scale physical experiments related to earthquake engineering to small scale virtual tools. Also look for the number of  outreach activities hosted by NEES affiliates from across the country. Some may be in your area.

You will find NEES in the news to be a valuable source for learning more about current events both inside and outside the industry of earthquake engineering.

Events are listed below and are categorized into current, past and future events. Click an event for more information.

Museum Exhibits

Site Topic
Traveling exhibit in partnership with the Sciencenter - Ithaca, NY When the Earth Shakes

May 2013  - Minnesota Discovery Center (Chisholm, MN)
Sept 2013 - Gateway Science Museum (Chico, CA)
Jan 2014 - McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (Concord, NH)
May 2014 - Sciencenter (Ithaca, NY)
Sept 2014 - Center for Earth & Space Science Education (Tyler, TX)
Jan 2015 - Center for Earth & Space Science Education (Tyler, TX)

Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL Tsunamis and Waves

Links to Past Learning and Outreach Resources and Events


Location Event
Washington, DC Washington DC Engineering Family Day: The annual Washington DC Engineering Family Day is enjoyed by over six thousand visitors to the National Building Museum every February. The festival features dozens of hands-on activities provided by local engineering chapters and national organizations. Every year at the start of Engineer's Week, the impressive main hall of the National Building Museum is taken over by thousands of children of all ages experiencing the excitement of engineering. NSF and NEEScomm collaborated to present the “Tsunami Lego Challenge”. Click here for data on the effectiveness of this activity.

Links to Ongoing Learning and Outreach Resources and Events at Sites


Site Resource and Events
Cornell University Student Tutorials on Lifelines
Sciencenter in Ithaca: Find out about earthquakes and how they affect structures! From here you can remotely test a multi-story building in four different earthquakes, watch short videos about earthquakes and engineering
Lehigh University Workshops at Lehigh
Student Training Videos
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Higher Education: CE Instrumentation and Sensors course using laboratory facilities
Centrifuge Workshops: The overall goal of these workshops are to provide both basic background and real experience in centrifuge testing that will help participants in writing NEESR proposals effectively.
Facility Tours for undergraduates, K-12 classrooms
University at Buffalo Education: Seminars, Courses in the lab
Outreach for High Student Outreach
Training: This page contains information on self-training for use of facilities, equipment, in a safe and efficient manner.
University of California, Berkeley Workshops, tours and open house events, publications, presentations, posters, higher education, K-12, UC Berkeley courses
University of California, Davis Training and Certifications
University of California, Los Angeles Education: Learning Modules – Cone Penetration Testing
Structural Dynamics Education Module
Outreach events for professionals and at local schools
University of California, Santa Barbara Outreach and Education at UCSB
Research Publications at UCSB
University of California, San Diego Overview of EOT activity description
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Workshop Presentations
University of Minnesota Documents in PDF format
University of Nevada, Reno Outreach, Lectures, Tours, Videos, News Stories, Webcasts
Oregon State University Public and local outreach project descriptions
University of Texas at Austin Videos, Simulations, Posters, Handouts, Slides