Building for Natural Disasters


The first ever Delaware Teen Science Café was titled “Building for Natural Disasters,” featuring guest speaker Richard Kimball and was organized by the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Richard Kimball is a fourth year architectural engineer student at Drexel University working to get his BS/MS degree. As a child, Mr. Kimball thought he wanted to become an architect  and said, “I’ve always been very logical. I would sit down and draw a building and ask myself how and if it would be able to stand up.” This is what led him to gain an interest in architectural engineering. The Café topic focused on architectural engineering and and building structures meant to withstand natural disasters. He discussed how many buildings have special precautionary safety measures in case of a fire, hurricane, flood, or earthquakes. One of the teens who attended the café said, “This was really fun and informal. It’s a cool way to learn and get teens involved in STEM.” Following a brief presentation, the teens broke up and did an activity using the things they learned.

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