NEES REU Learning Modules
NEES REU K-12 Earthquake Activity Teaching Modules: A joint project of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
The UCSB site received a supplemental grant for Education, Outreach, and Training from NEES that provided funds for an undergraduate student to work on this project. Two NEES REU interns and a SCEC intern were also recruited, for a total of four students working cooperatively on the project over the summer of 2011. NEES@UCSB personnel served as mentors to the students and a Santa Barbara GATE science teacher was hired, through the NEES EOT grant, as a consultant to review the work. Students were asked to incorporate, as appropriate, the use of the QCN accelerometer and earthquake data in the teaching modules. They were also asked to do a comprehensive survey of earthquake-related teaching materials currently available and to incorporate, with proper references, these materials into the new modules.
Over the course of the summer of 2011, the students met weekly with their mentor and the science teacher. In August, a group of local 4th – 6th grade students came to the UCSB campus and tested several of the earthquake activities. The summer interns presented their work at the NEES REU Young Researchers Symposium at UCSB in August and at the annual SCEC meeting in Palm Springs in September.
The following are links to the classroom earthquake activities that were created by the NEES REU students:
- Everything Important About Earthquakes (And Other Assorted Information)
- Shake Things Up!
- Fault Slip - Grades 4-5
- Fault Slip - Grades 6-8
- Fault Slip - Grades 9-12
- Mountains and Sedimentary Rock
- Food Fault Lines
- South America and Africa Puzzle
- Convection Current and Tectonic Plates
- Earthquake Waves and Propagation Through a Surface
- Earthquake Waves
- Earthquake Epicenter