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NEES@Berkeley High School Student Evaluation

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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

This survey is provided to the students to assess student learning outcomes and to evaluate the effectiveness of the education program. 

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Heidi Faison (2011), "NEES@Berkeley High School Student Evaluation,"

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