Union Pleasant Elementary School Visit

MCEER Information Service hosted two elementary school classes for a combined lecture and demonstration on the core geophysical elements of earthquakes, the dangers from seismic disasters and the merits of earthquake engineering. The 40 third graders came from the Gifted & Talented Program at Union Pleasant Elementary School, which is part of the Hamburg Central School District in western New York.

Led by their teacher, Mrs. Annmarie Gibson, the students had previously studied the basics of earthquakes and were eager to share their knowledge from the moment of their arrival. The visit, hosted by Andrew McNeil, included a presentation and a simple hands-on demonstration of the properties of seismic liquefaction. Obvious highlights were the many photos detailing structural damage from past, historical earthquakes and the archived test 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 March 15, 2007.

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Union Pleasant Elementary School group photo

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  • student questions
  • puzzled students
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  • debating the groups conclusions
  • awaiting the results
  • McNeil demonstrating liquefaction
  • waves topple brick