Shake Things Up!
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25 Nov 2014 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Joe Paul Trudeau, Hanna Vincent, NEES EOT
This activity will educate students about earthquakes and vibrations using a shake table and the Quake Catcher Network (QCN) device. This experiment asks students to graph data for the...
NEES-EPICS Advanced Manual Shake Table
08 May 2014 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sean Brophy
This low cost shake table provides an inexpensive, easy way to demonstrate simple harmonic waves. The shake tables use inexpensive components that can be purchase at a hardware supply store and...
NEES Instructional Shake Table
13 Mar 2014 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sean Brophy
The NEES Instructional Shake Table (IST) can engage learners in engineering and scientific thinking associate with earthquakes and other dynamic conditions. The IST provides a low frequency force...
Curriculum Exchange: "Make Your Own Earthquake"
14 Jun 2013 | Publications | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Thalia Anagnos, Lelli Van Den Einde
The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) is an NSF-funded research center focused on large-scale earthquake engineering research. The mission of the NEES is...
Make Your Own Earthquake Carts from NEES@Reno
10 Oct 2012 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
Images of portable Make Your Own Earthquake carts from NEES@Reno. The jumping “platform” is a rubber mat with an accelerometer embedded in it. Everything stores very nicely in...
World Earthquake 2011: Visualization Map
02 Apr 2012 | Multimedia | Contributor(s): NEES EOT
Developed by a researcher in Japan, this 9 minute visualization shows the locations, magnitude and depths of the 9323 earthquakes with magnitude greater than or equal to 4.5 from January 1, 2011...
05 Dec 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Heidi Pence, NEES EOT
To give students a visual example, using a slinky, of how an energy wave propagates through the Earth. K-12 Earthquake Activity Teaching Modules A Joint Project of the Network for Earthquake...
Fault Slip - Grades 4-5
29 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Joe Paul Trudeau, NEES EOT
Students will learn data interpretation and about earthquakes through the use of the Quake Catcher Network (QCN) device and a gritted surface models fault slip. K-12 Earthquake Activity Teaching...
Convection Current and Tetonic Plates
29 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Hanna Vincent, NEES EOT
Students should understand the actions of fluids and gases with varying densities, which create convection currents. This demonstration will broaden their understanding of how such currents shape...
29 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Sean Allen, NEES EOT
K-12 Earthquake Activity Teaching Modules A Joint Project of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) In the spring of...
Earthquake Waves and Propagation Through a Surface
29 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Sandra Seale, Heidi Pence, NEES EOT
Purpose: To give students a demonstration of how earthquake waves propagate through the earth using a Quake Catcher Network (QCN) device to record the material response.
Fault Slip - Grades 6-8
Students will learn graphing skills, data interpretation, and earthquake mechanics through the use of the Quake Catcher Network (QCN) device and a gritted surface to demonstrate fault slip.
Fault Slip - Grades 9-12
Food Fault Lines (s'mores and more)
Purpose: Explore what happens at fault lines using food found in your kitchen. Questions for your students: Can you think of foods that are easy to break apart and some that are difficult to...
Mountains and Sedimentary Rock
Explore how moving continental plates can form mountains using a simple experiment with sand and flour. Why do mountains and some hills have layered rocks in them? Standards: National Science...
South America and Africa Puzzle
See how well South America and Africa fit together! I wonder why that is..... Do you think that the two continents were once next to each other? National Science Standards: K-4 Content...
11 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Catherine Ellen French, NEES EOT
Earthquake engineers take advantage of inertial forces to protect a building from damage during an earthquake. By using base isolation to separate the building from the ground, they can reduce the...
Natural Frequency: Masses on Rods
The mass and stiffness of a building affect how much an earthquake damages the building. The natural frequency, related to mass and stiffness, is the frequency that the structure will shake at....
What are Earthquakes?
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10 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Catherine Ellen French, NEES EOT
Plate tectonics is a theory that describes the movement of the Earth's crust. The Earth's outer shell consists of individual plates, which interact in various ways and thereby...
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09 Nov 2011 | Learning Objects | Contributor(s): Catherine Ellen French, NEES EOT
When an earthquake occurs, energy is released in the form of seismic waves. This activity uses slinkys, toothpicks and marshmallows to explore two types of seismic waves (p-waves and s-waves) and...