Buffalo Public School #18 Visit

MCEER Information Service hosted two Buffalo public school sixth grade science classes for a combined lecture and demonstration on the core geophysical elements of earthquakes, the dangers that can arise from seismic events and the merits of earthquake engineering. The 34 students came from the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence (BPS School #18), which is part of the Buffalo Public School District in western New York. The school is unique to the district in that it offers bilingual Spanish / English classes for students in K-4 grades, and ESL for students of all ages. The visiting students represented a diverse collection of countries of origin including: Thailand, Kenya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone, and the United States.

Group Photograph

Buffalo Public School #18

Led by their teacher, Mrs. Pamela Littere, the students had previously studied seismology concepts and were eager to share their knowledge throughout the course of the day. The visit was hosted by Andrew McNeil and included a presentation and a hands-on demonstration of the properties of seismic liquefaction. Highlights of the presentation were the numerous photos detailing structural damage from past, historical earthquakes and the archival videos from the NEESWood Benchmark Shake Table Testing of a Full-Scale Two-Story Townhouse Woodframe Building performed in SEESL in November of 2006. The group visited UB on May 1, 2007.