Oregon State University and the NEES Tsunami Research Facility participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Jun 27 - Jul 8, 2012 on the Mall in Washington DC. OSU is one of the sponsors of this year's festival because the theme is the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Morrill Act, which made federal land grants available to states for the development of higher education. As part of OSU's exhibits, the NEES facility's mini wave flume crashed mini tsunami waves into Lego structures built by participants. The 10 day festival typically attracts over 750,000 participants, while the OSU/NEES booth served over 5000 participants of all ages and exposed the general public to concepts such as designing structures to withstand tsunami waves and tsunami modeling, as well as research underway at the facility.
Read the article from the local newspaper that describes OSU's involvement in the event in more detail.