Feb 2011

Kids Tech University

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Our research group had an exhibit at the Kids Tech University on Saturday 2/26/11 to teach middle school about earthquake engineering concepts in a fun interactive way.  Students discovered concepts related to how buildings respond during earthquakes in this hands on activity.  Students were encouraged to build a multistory scale building using K’nex ‘The world’s most creative construction and building toys’.  The structures were then placed on a shake table that was able to reproduce the ground motion that occurred during the magnitude 6.7 earthquake at Northridge California in 1994.  Through this hands-on demonstration, students learned how the stiffness and mass of a structure affect its earthquake response, investigated natural frequency of a structure, and learned concepts related to designing structures to survive earthquakes.