The 2016 IDEERS Seismic Design World Conference and Competition: A Report by New Zealand Postgraduate Team from the University of Auckland
Developed by the University of Bristol, Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools (IDEERS) is a shaking table competition with an aim to communicate the challenge and excitement of earthquake engineering research to young people. Each participating team is required to construct a small-scale model of a building that can withstand the simulated earthquakes generated by a shaking table. Since 2001, this programme has attracted hundreds of Taiwanese and international students each year in Taiwan. The competition challenges students to design and build the most efficient model of a multi-storey building to withstand simulated earthquakes on a shaking table. This competition not only introduces the concept of engineering to secondary school students but it also develops and promotes interest in earthquake engineering for university students including undergraduate and postgraduate students. It has been increasingly successful since its inception, attracting more participants with each event.
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