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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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Volume 23, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009

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Earthquakes Featured in Discovery Camp’s Unseen World

Students tested models they built on a shake table at the Discovery Camp at Buffalo Museum of Science

Students tested models they built on a shake table at the Discovery Camp.

Andrew McNeil, of MCEER’s Information Service, participated in the Buffalo Museum of Science Summer Discovery Camp on July 6, 2009. He spoke with a group of students on topics ranging from basic geophysical elements of earthquake propagation, potential dangers from seismic events, and physical characteristics of the liquefaction phenomenon.

The Discovery Camps are week long educational experiences focused on central themes. The students ranged from 9-12 years old and were engaged in an exploration of the theme of the week, the Unseen World. The students had recently completed construction of individual, simple structures that they intended to test for seismic performance on a basic shake table.

In keeping with the Camp’s theme, Mr. McNeil also performed a physical demonstration on the properties of liquefaction generation and fielded questions from the eager students on varied topics including the safest way to design a house and where the most devastating earthquake in the world occurred.

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