Educational Seismology Workshop at TIE 2004

Supportted by:
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

John Lahr, USGS Emeritus Seismologist
Lisa Wald, USGS Seismologist
Darell Speer, Ft. Collins High School Teacher

 Description: With the advent of inexpensive computers and the Internet, the study of our dynamic planet can be brought right into the classroom. Seismology is a fascinating subject that naturally integrates Earth Science, Physics, Geography, Math, Engineering, and Computer Technology. This workshop will focus on tools and lesson plans that involve three approaches: the use of Internet resources; the use of free, stand-alone, earthquake-education software; and inexpensive means of recording earthquakes in the classroom. In addition to expert instruction from two professional seismologists from the US Geological Survey and an experienced teacher, each will receive a kit of educational materials provided by IRIS (The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) which includes a CD with classroom activities, posters, a slinky, and more!

Length: 3 Hour Track
Windows Lab
Software: Earthquake mapping and analysis software available free on the Internet
Building: Copper Conference Center
Room: Bighorn C2
Day: Wednesday  8:30am - 11:30am

Supportted by:
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)

Earthquakes 101 Introduction
Internet location:

Seismic and Human Waves Lesson
Internet location:

SeismicWaves PC program
Program download location: Waves

Travel times graph

Virtual Earthquake web exercise

EQLocate program
Online Tutorial:
Program download location:

SeismicEruption program
Online Tutorial:
Program download location:

Running a Classroom Seismometer
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS):
IRIS application to borrow an AS1 seismic system (2003 version)
IRIS contact regarding their AS1 school program:  John Taber  ( taber at iris dot edu )
Earthscope SpiNet:
AS1 Installation and Calibration:
AS1 Operations Manual:

Find your latitude and longitude

Earthquake and Plate Tectonics Reference works:
This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics (excellent summary):
Earthquakes - everything you wanted to know:
The San Andreas Fault:

Lessons and Support for Teaching
Darell Speer's Seismic Schools Workshop
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS):
USGS Earthquakes for Kids:
Larry Braile, Purdue University:
US Educational Seismograph Network (USESN):
Frequently Asked Questions:
USGS Learning Web:

Recent Seismic Activity
Sign up for E-mail notification following large earthquakes:
Posters with loads of information on recent and past earthquakes:
Interactive maps and lists of events:
IRIS Seismic Monitor:
Did You Feel It? Report and earthquake and see summary map of previous reports:
ShakeMaps - displays of contoured, instrumentally-observed ground shaking:
Summary Posters of Significant Earthquakes:

Real-time displays of seismograms:
Educational SpiNet (see links on this page):
AS1 seismic systems:
Links to research-grade seismic system displays:

Hazards and Preparedness
Hazards & Preparedness Links:
Probabilities, Hazard, and Fault Maps:
Earthquake disaster education:

(This information is also available on the TIE website.)

We also ran an exhibitor's booth where we provided posters, maps, and other information.