Mr. Musselman Rocks the MSMS Learning Commons with Earthquake Presentation

22 01 2016


This morning, Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science Center paid a visit to the Marshall Simonds Learning Commons to share a presentation with our 6th graders. The focus of his presentation was on Plate Tectonics and how Earthquakes form.

Mr. Musselman, with the help of some student volunteers,  demonstrated how earthquakes occur, where earthquakes are most likely to happen, and some of the engineering challenges architects face when building “quake-resistant” structures. Mr. Musselman also pointed out the layers of the earth and the tectonic plates that make up the lithosphere.

Mr. Musselman also demonstrated how faults are created and displayed models of the seismic waves that are released when an earthquakes occur.

Lastly, he modeled harmonic resonance in buildings of different heights where one building shakes to show how certain buildings shake more than others during earthquakes.  Mr. Musselman also explained liquefaction, a phenomena that occurs when the sediment based earth becomes liquid like as shaking creates more space between the sediment particles and water seeps into those spaces.

We’d like to thank Mr. Musselman for taking the time to visit Marshall Simonds to put on these wonderful demonstrations!




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26 01 2016
Exploring Earthquake Science with MSMS 6th Graders | The Burlington Science Center

[…] Carroll was kind enough to take pictures and video during the presentation and share them on the MSMS blog. After the show, Mr. Musselman set up the Burlington Science Center seismograph in the learning […]

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