Academy for Teachers

Resources for teachers of all levels of education

Welcome to the NEESacademy for teachers of engineering, science, mathematics and technology who are interested in using earthquakes and engineering in their classroom. In this section you will find full lesson plans that you can use, educational videos you can stream or download and information about how you can assess your students’ knowledge against national and state standards.

teachersThe NEES community continues to search for and build interesting learning activities for K-12 and higher education learning experiences.

NEES partners with over 15 institutions of higher learning and is always looking to join professors, teachers and staff to deliver effective education.

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In the Resource Search section is our search engine to find resources for use in your class. These resources are centered on our key themes of NEES education. Resources in this section are suitable for all levels of education and are labeled appropriately.

In the K-12 Teachers section we cover resources, ideas, and concerns specifically for those teaching younger students and how to bring engineering into the classroom.

You will find our Higher Education section more appropriate if you are faculty at a university or community college. In this section, you will find learning modules tailored to college students, containing professors’ manuals, homework sheets and even online simulations and videos you can repurpose.

NEESacademy has collected lessons into four key areas:

The Make Your Own Earthquake page lists activities to understand characteristics of earthquake motion and how earthquake affect structures.
Survive the Wave is a set of modules and multimedia around tsunamis.
The Help Me, I'm Sinking! page highlights many lessons about soil response to earthquakes.
On the Build It Better page you will find a series of lessons and activities about structures, how they behave in earthquakes, how engineers model buildings, and what engineers do to improve their performance.

You may also view sets of lesson plans that are organized by source:

Source Page
Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)