K-6 UCSD Field Trip at Webshaker Lab -January 11, 2002
On Janary 11, 2002, groups of sixth graders from Carmel Del Mar Elementary School came to UCSD to study earthquakes. They were divided into groups and rotated amongst different stations. One of these stations was the Geomechanics Laboratory. Within the laboratory, they were introduced to the field of earthquake engineering. This included Quaky, a small shaketable, used for simulating earthquakes. In order to learn how Quaky works and to study the impact of an earthquake on a building, they tested Lego models that they had built prior to their coming in. It was a great experience for both the sixth graders and all of us working in the laboratory.
Quote from Students's Letters
- I liked that machine, Quaky. How did you ever come up with that name. My groups towers foundation broke and caused our tower to fall, but not break.
-- Karley Brengle
- The Quaky station was fun. It was really neat how we got to see actual Lego models on the shaker. I learned that the best way to build a model is to build a triangle. Also I learned a lot about high frequencies and low frequencies.
-- Chloe Buckley
- Thank for letting us come to tour UCSD Seismology Lab. Mike was great when he tested our building. I am glad that our house did not break. I liked all the workers. Thank you for studying to make our buildings safer. I had fun.
-- A. J. Mikulicich
- I want to thank Mike for taking the time to show us the shaketable. It was really interesting seeing different earthquakes. I also learned what a 7.0 and a 9.0 earthquakes are."
--Lizzy J Luduig
- Thank you for letting us come to UCSD and learn about earthquakes. I learned a lot. I would like to thank you Mr. Meneses for arranging the day to come. Also, thank you for coming to CDM and teaching us about the frequencies.
I would also like to thank the person at the Quaky station. You made that station so much fun. I especially liked it when you tested the lego construction. It would have been great if you had enough time to show us the frequency finder.
-- Jessica Gil
- I really enjoyed playing around with the webshaker. You guys did an excellent job."