by:  ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Structural Engineer David Bugni hooks up a Lego building to an earthquake simulator (a wooden board on wheels shaken by a drill) as Dylan Nelms, from left, James Schalk and Samantha Warren gather round. Kids have never had so much fun with earthquakes.

After David Bugni's presentation on engineering, kids made a beeline for the two Lego containers.

The goal: piece together the highest Lego building that could withstand an earthquake simulation the longest.

The room went silent after each building test as Bugni explained what he would have done differently to make the structure more sound.

He certainly had the students' attention.

Bugni, a real life structural engineer, was at Eagle Creek Elementary on Thursday, Sept. 26 as a volunteer instructor for the school's STEAM program.

STEAM brings free after-school learning opportunities on topics in Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math to Eagle Creek. The classes are led by community volunteers.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Jose Vazquez, from left, Charles Narozniak, Justun McAllister and Steven Monahan piece together a Lego fortress.Upcoming STEAM activities include School Learning Garden, Scientific Process and Drug & Alcohol Prevention.

The program proved so popular that STEAM activities at Eagle Creek Elementary are booked for the rest of the year.

A similar roster of free after-school enrichment activities is offered at Clackamas River Elementary.

There, the program is called STREAM, for Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts and Math.

Upcoming classes include First Aid & CPR Basics, Stop Motion Animation and Pottery.

While registration is closed for the first round of STREAM activities, Clackamas River students will have a chance to sign up for the “second wave” of STREAM classes in January.

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