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  1. 11th Grade Introduction to NEES

    29 Aug 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Tenille Denise Medley, Velvet Fitzpatrick

    This powerpoint presentation gives students an overview of what NEES is and the type of research that we do.

  2. A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and FeelingsĀ© With a Parent's Guide to Earthquakes by Dr. Lucy Jones, USGS Click here to view the web page. This material was provided by the USGS.

  3. Assessment to be used with "Become An Engineer" Lesson #4432

    01 Aug 2012 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Pamela McClure

    This is an example of a brief exit survey/assessment that could be used after the Become An EngineerĀ  learning object (Learning object 4432)

  4. Balsa Towers

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students will build their own towers using some of the techniques they have learned. The materials will consist of balsa wood and glue. General guidelines are provided, but the students will have...

  5. Bend That Bar

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    In this activity, the students will learn about material properties. They will learn that engineers must consider several material properties when designing. This activity focuses on...

  6. Best Practices in Developing Education, Outreach and Training Videos to Communicate NEES Research Findings

    31 Jan 2012 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Aditya Bhagath, Thomas Frankie, Dan Kuchma

    It is often a challenge in academia to present research results in a relevant and accessible manner to both the public and the earthquake engineerin profession. In addition to presenting technical...

  7. Breaking Beams

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students learn about stress and strain by designing and building beams using polymer clay. They compete to find the best beam strength to beam weight ratio, and learn about the trade-offs...

  8. Breaking the Mold

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    In this math activity, students conduct a strength test using modeling clay, creating their own stress vs. strain graphs, which they compare to typical steel and concrete graphs. They learn the...

  9. Bridge Types: Tensile & Compressive Forces

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students explore how tension and compression forces act on three different bridge types. Using sponges, cardboard and string, they create models of beam, arch and suspension bridges and apply...

  10. Build an Approximate Scale Model of an Object

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students will create a model of an object of their choice, giving them skills and practice in techniques used by professionals. The students will use sketches as they build their objects. This...

  11. Build an Earthquake City

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    This updated publication provides elementary school teachers with ready-to-use, hands-on activities that explain what happens during and earthquake, how to prepare for earthquake shaking, and how...

  12. Choosing a Pyramid Site

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Working in engineering project teams, students evaluate sites for the construction of a pyramid. They base their decision on site features as provided by a surveyor's report; distance from the...

  13. Close Enough?

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Accuracy of measurement in navigation depends very much on the situation. If a sailor's target is an island 200 km wide, sailing off center by 10 or 20 km is not a major problem. But, if the...

  14. Construction Technologies: Construct the Strongest Bridge

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    In this activity, students will work in pairs to create three simple types of bridges. They will observe quantitatively how the bridges work under load and why engineers use different types of...

  15. Convection Current and Tetonic Plates

    29 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Hanna Vincent, NEES EOT

    Students should understand the actions of fluids and gases with varying densities, which create convection currents. This demonstration will broaden their understanding of how such currents shape...

  16. Cost Comparisons

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students learn about the many types of expenses associated with building a bridge. Working like engineers, they estimate the cost for materials for a bridge member of varying sizes. After making...

  17. Creating the Blueprints

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    This lesson is intended to further students' knowledge about the process of design, focusing on the mathematics and procedures of creating floor plan blueprints. Click Here To View the...

  18. Creating the Model

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    This lesson expands on the notion of engineering design, by building 3-D models of simple designs, and testing the structures on a shake-table. Click Here To View the Site This material is one...

  19. Creating the Virtual Model

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    This lesson explores earthquake engineering design with the help of Shake and Quake, an earthquake simulator, specific to three earthquakes (seismic events); El Centro (1940), Northridge (1994),...

  20. Design Step 1: Identify the Need

    02 Aug 2010 | Learning Objects

    Students practice the initial steps involved in an engineering design challenge. They begin by reviewing the steps of the engineering design loop and discussing the client need for the...