Buffalo Public School #72 Visit

MCEER Information Service recently hosted 46 Buffalo Public School sixth grade science students for a combined lecture and demonstration on the core geophysical elements of earthquakes, the potential dangers from seismic events and the merits of earthquake engineering. The students came from Public School #72 Lorraine Elementary located in South Buffalo. The students had recently been working with their teachers Joe DePalma and Ellen Jeffree on their Structures unit which included a study of rock formations and earthquakes.

Group Photograph

Buffalo Public School #72

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. Following this, Tom Albrechcinski led the group on a tour of the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) where the NEESWood Project was tested. The 6th graders and their teachers visited UB on December 11, 2007.