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The CUREE-CalTech Woodframe Project: Educational Outreach to the Public

Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) logoThe CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project coordinates engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective is to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction. The project is divided into five interrelated elements, all integrated into one coordinated project. Testing and Analysis, Field Investigations, Building Codes and Standards, and Economic Aspects are the four investigative elements whose activities culminate at the end of calendar year 2002. Their results are documented and converted into a variety of products designed for a broad spectrum of end users. The author, Jill Andrews, who serves as Manager of Element 5, Education and Outreach, describes in more detail one of the most compelling products: ShakeZone, a transportable earthquake education exhibit, designed as a community resource, a venue for educators, a place for students of all ages, a center for earthquake hazards education, and a replicable model for similar exhibits.