K–12 Education

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) at Berkeley developed an outreach program on earthquake engineering available to local K–12 schools. The activities of the program include classroom presentations, participation in demonstrations and a tour of the experimental facilities.

In the classroom presentations, students are introduced to earthquake engineering concepts and earthquake safety. Students are given the opportunity to design, build and test building models made from K'nex (plastic snap together building sections), on a small shaking table.

The tour includes a visit to the Earthquake Simulator Laboratory and the Hybrid Experimental Test Facility. Students will also watch videos of tests performed in the laboratories and see some of the old damaged test specimens.

For more information or to participate, please contact:

Heidi Faison - Email: hfaison@berkeley.edu

Completed Sessions

The following sections enumerate classes that participated in this K–12 classroom presentation and laboratory field trip program.

Academic Year 2009–2010

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Photograph: Bella Vista Elementary third-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Bella Vista Elementary School
3rd Grade
 
Photograph: Ascend School sixth-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Ascend School
6th Grade
 
Photograph: Garfield Elementary fifth-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Garfield Elementary School
5th Grade
 
  • School: Coliseum College Prep Academy — Havenscourt Campus (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Jeremey Gorman - 6th Grade - 80 students (3 classes)
    Presentation Date: Jan 15, 2010
    Field Trip Date: Jan 22, 2010

  • School: Glenview Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Ms. Edwina Smith and Mrs. Glenda Lemon - 1st and 2nd Grades - 41 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Jan 20, 2010
    Field Trip Date: Jan 22, 2010

  • School: Bella Vista Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Leah Wachtel - 4th Grade - 80 students (3 classes)
    Presentation Date: Jan 11, 2010
    Field Trip Date: Jan 13, 2010

  • School: Lincoln Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Helen Lim - 3rd Grade - 21 students 
    Presentation Date: Jan 06, 2010
    Field Trip Date: Jan 08, 2010

  • School: Stege Elementary School (Richmond CA)
    Teacher: Judy Greenspan - 3rd Grade - 52 students (3 classes)
    Presentation Date: Dec 09, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Dec 11, 2009

  • School: Garfield Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Therese Jimenez - 5th Grade - 20 students
    Presentation Date: Dec 08, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Dec 11, 2009

  • School: Oakland School for the Arts (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Bethany Lourie - 10th Grade - 20 students
    Presentation Date: Dec 02, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Dec 04, 2009

  • School: Ascend School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Miranda Sprang - 6th Grade - 48 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Nov 16, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Dec 04, 2009

 
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Photograph: Allendale Elementary fifth-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Allendale Elementary School
5th Grade
 
Photograph: Glenview Elementary first-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Glenview Elementary School
1st Grade
 
Photograph: Webster Academy fifth-grade students on field trip to the laboratories.
Webster Academy
5th Grade
 
Painting: Student artwork reflects the laboratory field trip.
Glenview Elementary School
1st Grade
“Awsome” interpretation of the shaking table and the universal testing machine
 

Academic Year 2008–2009

  • School: Washington Elementary School (San Leandro CA)
    Teacher: Ms. Alane Castro - 5th Grade - 31 students
    Presentation Date: May 15, 2009
    Field Trip Date: May 20, 2009

  • School: American Indian Public Charter School II (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Mrs. Patel - 7th Grade - 27 students
    Presentation Date: May 04, 2009
    Field Trip Date: May 07, 2009

  • School: Webster Academy (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Sonnie Dae - 5th Grade - 31 students
    Presentation Date: Apr 27, 2009
    Field Trip Date: May 26, 2009

  • School: Hoover Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Koy Hill - 5th Grade - 46 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Feb 23, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Mar 02, 2009

  • School: Fruitvale Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Kareem Weaver - 5th Grade - 23 students
    Presentation Date: Feb 19, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Feb 26, 2009

  • School: Parker Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Martha Manuel - 2nd Grade - 46 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Feb 05, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Feb 09, 2009

  • School: Glenview Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Louise Anderson - 1st Grade - 19 students
    Presentation Date: Feb 03, 2009
    Teacher: Ms. Liu - 1st Grade - 19 students
    Presentation Date: Feb 13, 2009
    Field Trip Date: (combined classes) Feb 20, 2009

  • School: Lincoln Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Helen Lim - 3rd Grade - 23 students
    Presentation Date: Feb 02, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Feb 06, 2009

  • School: Archway School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Teresa Chen - 4th Grade - 10 students
    Presentation Date: Jan 14, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Jan 15, 2009

  • School: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology (Hayward CA)
    Teacher: Joel Key - 9th and 10th Grades - estimated 20–40 students
    Presentation Date: Jan 12, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Feb 27, 2009

  • School: Allendale Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Tremaine Moore - 5th Grade - 50 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Jan 13, 2009
    Field Trip Date: Jan 16, 2009

  • School: New Highland Acadamy (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Aijeron Simmons - 6th Grade - 23 students
    Presentation Date: Dec 8, 2008
    Field Trip Date: Dec 12, 2008

  • School: Ascend School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Miranda Spang - 6th Grade - 48 students (2 classes)
    Presentation Date: Nov 14, 2008 and Nov 21, 2008
    Field Trip Date: Dec 10, 2008

 
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Photograph: Students from China gathered around small shaking table.
Dong Fong De Cai School Beijing, China
 
Photograph: Team of small students proudly show their structure.
Team Work
 
Photograph: Group of very young students appear fascinated by some lab equipment.
“Can we touch it?”
 
Photograph: Ready to shake structures as students watch.
“Let's shake it!”
 
Photograph: On a field trip to the lab, the students pose in group photo.
Hillcrest Elementary School
4th Grade
 

Academic Year 2007–2008

  • School: Chabot Elementary (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Clarence Copeland - 4th Grade - 25 students
    Presentation Date: May 28, 2008
    Field Trip Date: Jun. 10, 2008

  • School: Community Resources for Science (Berkeley CA)
    Teacher: Cecille Harris - 15 teachers
    Presentation Date: May 29, 2008
    Field Trip Date: May 29, 2008

  • School: Think College Now (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Brenda Tuohy - 5th Grade - 60 students
    Presentation Date: May 29, 2008
    Field Trip Date: Jun. 9, 2008

  • School: Lockwood Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Karen, Nikita Gibbs & Jennifer Sethasang - 4th Grade - 90 Students
    Presentation Date: Mar 21, 2008
    Field Trip Date: TBA

  • School: Garfield Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Paulette Smith - 4th Grade - 35 Students
    Presentation Date: Mar 18, 2008
    Field Trip Date: TBA

  • School: Montera Middle School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Angie Ruhlin - 6th Grade - 75 Students (3 classes)
    Presentation Date: Feb.26, 2008

  • School: Dong Fong De Cai School (Beijing, China)
         Sponsored By Eastbay Baptist Church of Berkeley, CA
         Translator: Jonathan Tsai
    Teacher: Principal and 9 Teachers - 8th through 12th Grades - 18 Students
    Presentation Date and Field Trip: Jan. 11, 2008

  • School: Bret Harte Middle School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Brendan Stubbs - 8th Grade - 175 Students (5 classes)
    Presentation Date: Jan. 11, 2008

  • School: Hillcrest Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Susan Weinberg - 4th Grade - 36 Students
    Presentation Date: Dec. 7, 2007
    Field Trip Date: Dec. 17, 2007

  • School: Glenview Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Eric - 4th Grade - 30 Students
    Presentation Date: Nov. 9, 2007

  • School: Glenview Elementary School (Oakland CA)
    Teacher: Louise Anderson - 1st Grade - 22 Students
    Presentation Date: Nov. 9, 2007
    Field Trip Date: Nov. 16, 2007

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