Geologic Time and Half Life (Sam Lee)
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27 Sep 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
In this activity, the idea of radioactive decay, or a half life, is shown to students through a simple demonstration involving the number of heads-up pennies in a box. - Activity Objectives...
Subduction and Accretion Activity
In this activity, students will learn about plate tectonics. They will use food to model a plate boundary and the different types of rock that will pile up at subduction zones. Activity...
Professor Makes Waves to Save Lives
26 Sep 2011 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
CORVALLIS, Ore. The landslide moves quickly. Three thousand pounds of gravel spills down a metal chute and rolls beneath the surface of an extra-large tank of water. Waves follow. Not big waves....
MCEER Activity: Building Structure Exercise
31 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
Students will build structures out of various household materials, then test them on a shake table. More details regarding this activity can be found at...
Earthquake simulator gives model levee a big shake
30 Aug 2011 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
SHERMAN ISLAND -- A model levee wobbled and tossed as if it were on a giant waterbed but held up nearly intact during a series of simulated earthquakes Monday.
The tests were meant to...
UCLA engineers test levee system integrity in simulation
THE DELTA - Sherman Island jiggled like Jell-O on Monday as scientists simulated an earthquake, the likes of which could threaten levees across the Delta.
The scientists built their own...
Mini Wave Flume Training Guide
29 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Alicia Lynn Lyman-Holt
Developed by Alicia Lyman Holt for National Engineering Week. See attachments for more information.
Design Squad Newspaper Table Challenge
29 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
In this activity, students will design and build a table out of newspaper tubes. The tables should be at least eight inches tall and strong enough to hold a heavy book. This activity has been...
Tsunami in a Sweater Box
24 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Tenille Denise Medley, NEES EOT
Students use a sweater box and fish gravel to simulate the effects of a tsunami on a beach. They see how a tsunami moves across the ocean and what happens when it reaches the continental shelf....
Demonstrating Frequency using a "Lollipop Model"
10 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Tenille Denise Medley
In this demonstration, students will understand how energy affects three idealized building models, of varying height. This will be accomplished by introducing a source of energy into the...
Using Wordle as an Assessment Tool
10 Aug 2011 | Active Documents | Contributor(s): Velvet Fitzpat, Tenille Denise Medley, Thalia Anagnos, Sean Brophy, Pamela McClure
Assessing a group's ability to identify big ideas in a domain can be done with word clouds. The word clouds show which words appear more frequently in the original text by making them...
NEES@Berkeley High School Student Evaluation
08 Aug 2011 | Active Documents | Contributor(s): Heidi Faison
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...
NEES Teaching Demonstration: Shake Table Assembly
23 Jun 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Jason Lloyd, NEES EOT
The following is a material list, description and illustrative photos on how to construct an affordable shake table for earthquake simulation. The materials are all available at local hardware and...
2011 Japanese Tsunami Video
26 May 2011 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
Video taken by survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami as they wait on higher ground. Shows massive tsunami wave damage.
Video taken from: http://mashable.com/2011/04/17/japan-tsunami-video/
Studying Tsunamis to Save Lives video
16 May 2011 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News Posted on May 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM Updated Friday, May 13 at 4:13 PM CORVALLIS, Ore. – It is not a matter of if, but when. Experts say a major earthquake, similar to the...
Soil Liquefaction Classroom Demonstration
13 May 2011 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): Jason Lloyd, NEES EOT
This is an example of how to do a simple soil liquefaction demonstration for use in the classroom setting, or similar. All materials may be found at home, or perhaps purchased at the local...
K'Nex Buildings: Cross Bracing and Pendulum Tuned Mass Damper
This classroom demonstration utilizes a manual shake table to teach K-12 students about earthquake engineering concepts. Topics covered include cross bracing and pendulum tuned mass dampers. This...
K'Nex Buildings: Structural Frequencies
In this video, Jason Lloyd explains how K-12 teachers can use a shake table to demonstrate the frequencies of structures.This demonstration can be applied to a multitude of lesson plans that...
Creating a Shake Table for Classroom Use
This video will demonstrate the assemby of a manual shake table that can be used with classroom projects. The shake table can be assembled using materials purchased at the local home improvement...
Make Your Own Earthquake: Testing Earthquakes on Paper Buildings
14 Apr 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Steven C. Smith
This 45 minute activity uses accelerometers to test earthquakes on paper buildings. Developed by Mr. Steven Smith, Purdue University, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science. Please...