Making waves: activities for seismology education

Posted by pkm at Feb 08, 2015 08:30 PM |
Larry Braile (1) & Sheryl Braile (2) - (1) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA; (2) retired 5th grade science teacher, West Lafayette, IN, USA

In the past 20 years we have developed numerous seismology education activities and materials, made them available on the Internet (, and used them in over 150 workshops for K-16 teachers at professional meetings.  Several of the activities were developed in collaboration with the IRIS Education and Public Outreach program and IRIS scientist/educators.  Here we illustrate several of the activities and materials used to teach about Earth structure, seismic waves, effects of seismic waves on buildings, and understanding the vibroseis method that is widely used in exploration seismology.  We have found that these activities are highly valued by educators who have attended our workshops or obtained the activities online, and that the materials can be used (sometimes adapted) with students in a wide range of ages.  Partial support for development of the activities and training workshops was provided by IRIS and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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