Experiential hands-on tools (instructional table-top earthquake simulators, or "shaking tables") can be used to teach learners about fundamental physics principles and can stimulate their interest in physical science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) careers. This paper describes a collection of learning experiences developed by researchers from various facilities in the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) that are scalable for K- 16 learners. Assessments targeting the instructors of the outreach activities, the participating K- 12 teachers, and the student participants are described, and results are presented that illustrate the effectiveness of the lessons in enhancing the students' understanding of engineering principles and in generating interest in STEM careers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Sep 24 2013|
|Event||120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States|
Duration: Jun 23 2013 → Jun 26 2013
|Other||120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition|
|Period||6/23/13 → 6/26/13|