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EERI Stanford Students Visit Sequoia High School to Teach about Earthquake Safety and Engineering Research

May 30, 2018
In May of 2018, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Stanford Chapter had its second School Earthquake Safety Initiative (SESI) program at the local Sequoia High School. 
 
Over the course of three visits, Stanford graduate students taught the IB Physics class of Allison Honold about earthquake safety and current engineering research. Lectures focused on physical principles, seismology and engineering featuring demonstrations, videos and current Stanford research. 
 
The 35 students then participated in a group exercise to build a two-story wood house and retrofit it using earthquake-resistant systems. On the final day, the buildings from all six teams were tested on a shake-table simulating a wide range of earthquakes. Winners were announced at the end along with closing thoughts about civil engineering.
 
The EERI Stanford Chapter helps organize every year a wide range of professional and outreach events including Splash, the ATC post-earthquake building evaluation workshop, a career fair, technical and research seminars. 
 
Partipants: Anne Hulsey, Bo Peng, Rodrigo Silva, Francisco Galvis, Shannon Spiers, Amory Martin, Armando Messina (Stanford University) and Eddie Vega (Holmes Structures, Stanford University).