S.H.E.E.P. Home School Group
On January 21, 2011, MCEER Information Service's Andrew McNeil traveled to West Middlebury, NY to participate in a day of education and outreach activities hosted by a local area home school organization. The students, ranging from Pre-K to 8th grade, had prepared for the visit by covering the basics of seismology and individually constructing model structures that they hoped would withstand the damaging effects of an earthquake. The first half of the day was divided into three classes where the students took part in a presentation and discussion on topics such as: how earthquakes travel, the creation of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Map, and notable historic earthquakes like The Great 1906 Earthquake & Fires of San Francisco. During the second half of the day, the students' model structures were tested on a portable shake table. Despite possessing a nascent understanding of seismic design, the students' model structures handled remarkably well when shaken to the records of the 6.9 M Kobe, Japan earthquake.