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Tsunami in a Sand Box

By Alicia Lynn Lyman-Holt

Oregon State University

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This activity introduces students to how civil/coastal engineering and design can address problems and enable people to consider choices through cost/benefit analysis to help communities prepare for natural disasters such as tsunamis. Using everyday objects, such as plywood, dowels, and plastic "sweater boxes" this activity can be set-up and run in the classroom, either for a one to two hour lesson or it can be extended into a several lesson project. The lesson plan and teaching materials can be found under the docs and attachments tab.

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  • Alicia Lynn Lyman-Holt (2013), "Tsunami in a Sand Box,"

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