NEES@Berkeley in conjunction with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) runs an education program consisting of two components: 1) a lecture and activity session at the classroom of an interested teacher, and 2) a field trip to attend the PEER Earthquake Simulator Laboratory and NEES@Berkeley Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
The lecture includes-
- basic information about earthquakes
- explanation of why earthquakes happen
- discussion about professions (like engineering) that address the effects of earthquakes on our communities and buildings
- teaching key building systems and components that help buildings resist earthquake shaking safely
- instructions and background on the hands on activity of building a K'NEX structure
As a follow up to the lecture, teachers are given a kit that contains materials for groups of students to design and construct small earthquake-resistant building models. On the field trip students tour the labs and test their building models on a shaking table that simulates earthquake movements. For more information visit http://peer.berkeley.edu/education/k-12_outreach_program.html
This survey is provided to the teachers to assess student learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of the education program.
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