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Academy for K-12 Teachers

Resources and information specifically for educators in the K-12 sector

Read on for insight into how you can bring engineering into your classroom. You will find a list of resources that link learning modules with specific learning standards. Also check out Make your Own Earthquake, Survive the Wave, Liquefaction and Structural Dynamics and Performance to see a highlighted learning module set created by NEES just for K-12 teachers.

A teacherEarthquake engineering is an excellent context to engage learners in authentic inquiry and engineering design activities. As teachers, we want to integrate the ideas of our state and national standards into cohesive curricula.

One viable theme for this is earthquake engineering.

 

Diagram showing the inter-relationship of engineering cirriculumScience and Engineering in Terms of National Educational Standards

Educators of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are all interested in meeting and exceeding state and National standards. The National Academies are working toward a new conceptual framework for science standards that will help align goals of K-12 education with higher education.

NEES educators have used the context of earthquake science and engineering to organize a collection of learning experiences you can use with your students to meet science standards. This collection continues to grow and you can search for recent additions in the Academy Resources.

National Standards in Science and Engineering:
Select your state to view:

You may also view a PDF of the national science standards.

 

Links to resources in NEEShub categorized against standards

You can leave feedback about the effectiveness of this series and its modules or how you used them with your students at the bottom of this page, or click commenthere

National Science Standards
Learning Object SourceGrade Level Science as Inquiry Physical Science Science and Technology Earth and Space Science Life Science Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Make Your Own Earthquake: Earthquake Resistant Structure Using Wood Blocks K-12




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Demonstrating Frequency using a "Lollipop Model" K-12



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Natural Frequency: Masses on Rods K-12

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Base Isolation 6-12

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NEES Teaching Demonstration: Soil Liquefaction K-12


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Understanding How Earthquakes Affect the Built Environment: Day 1 K-12


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Understanding How Earthquakes Affect the Built Environment: Day 2 K-12


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Understanding How Earthquakes Affect the Built Environment: Day 3 K-12


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Understanding How Earthquakes Affect the Built Environment: Day 4 K-12


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Understanding How Earthquakes Affect the Built Environment: Day 5 K-12


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Build your own Shake Table Multi-media K-12
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Slinky Waves 9-12

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What are Earthquakes? K-12

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Structures Learning Module 9-12





Structures Learning Module : Generating Ideas/Thoughts 9-12





Structures Learning Module : Multiple Perspectives 9-12





Structures Learning Module : Test Your Mettle 9-12





Structures Learning Module : Challenge 9-12





Structures Learning Module : Research and Revise 9-12





Understanding and Improving the Seismic Behavior of Pile Foundations in Soft Clays 6-8



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Locating the Epicenter of a Simulated Earthquake by Triangulation K-12

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Understanding Natural Frequency: Masses on Rods K-12


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Earthquakes and Architecture K-12
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Best Practices in Developing Education, Outreach and Training Videos to Communicate NEES Research Findings K-12

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Make Your Own Earthquake: K - 4 Lesson Plan K-4

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Make Your Own Earthquake: Grade 9 - 12 Lesson Plan 9-12

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NEES Teaching Demonstration: Earthquake-proof K'nex Buildings K-6

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NEES Teaching Demonstration: Shake Table Assembly K-6

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Assessment to be used with "Become An Engineer" Lesson #4432 K-12

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Jeopardy Powerpoint K-12
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11th Grade Introduction to NEES K-12
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Survive That Wave! K-12

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Elementary School Presentation - Plate Tectonics, Seismology and Earthquakes K-6


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High School Presentation - Earthquakes and Seismology 9-12


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Middle School Presentation - Plate Tectonics, Seismology and Earthquakes 6-8


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Fault Slip - Grades 4-5 4-5

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Earthquake Waves K-6

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Earthquake Waves and Propagation Through a Surface K-6


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Earthquake Epicenter 6-12

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Convection Current and Tetonic Plates K-12

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South America and Africa Puzzle K-12
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Food Fault Lines (s'mores and more) K-12
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Mountains and Sedimentary Rock K-12

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Fault Slip - Grades 6-8 6-8

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Fault Slip - Grades 9-12 9-12

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Shake Things Up! K-12

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Everything Important About Earthquakes (And Other Assorted Information) K-6

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Make Your Own Earthquake: INTRO & BACKGROUND K-12




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Make Your Own Earthquake: The Accelerometer K-12

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Earthquake Engineering Modules for K-12 Learning K-12





Tsunami in a Sweater Box K-6
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Become an Engineer K-12
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Build a Classroom Wave Tank K-12

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Earthquakes: An Introduction 3-5 - - - - -
Engineering for the Three Little Pigs 3-5 - -
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Survive that Tsunami 3-5
The Universal Language of Engineering 3-5 - -
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The Adventures of Terry the Turtle and Gracie the WonderDog 3-6
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A Child's View of Earthquake Facts and Feelings K-6
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What is Engineering Design? 5-8 - -
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Bridge Types: Tension and Compression 6-8 - -
Build an Earthquake City 6-8
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Constructing Earthquake-Proof Buildings 6-8
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Do as the Romans: Construct an Aqueduct 6-8
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Layers of the Earth 6-8 - - -
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Sliding and Stuttering 6-9 - -
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Breaking Beams 7-9 - - -
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Creating the Blueprints 7-9 - - -
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Design Step 1: Identify the Need 9-12
Design Step 2: Research the Problem 9-12
Design Step 3:Brainstorm Possible Solutions 9-12
Design Step 4: Engineering Analysis 9-12
Design Step 5:Construct a Prototype 9-12
Design Step 6:Evaluate/Manufacture a Final Product 9-12
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