This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Collection
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- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
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This page first made public: May 24, 2018
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Summarize the earthquake cycle
- Use the Earthquake Machine model to demonstrate the causes of earthquakes, noting the flow of energy through the system
- Illustrate the role of models in the process of science
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
- Compare and contrast the ways the Earthquake Machine model does and does not represent reality
- Critically analyze data generated by the Earthquake Machine and use the data to develop an evidence-based response regarding the claim (Part 2)
Other skills goals for this activity
- Working in groups
- Using physical models
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
- It can take a bit of time to make a set of earthquakes machine models enough for classroom and larger group of people. Be sure to experiment with different types of sandpaper. It generally needs to be fairly course to work well. Belt sander paper can be pretty effective. Although duct taping it to a table is quick, the models will last longer if the sandpaper is stapled to a board.
- A larger version of the Earthquake Machine model will be more effective for larger groups demonstrations. Some people have even designed them with winches to enable more consistent strain rate (ex. Starting Point Earthquake Demonstration
References and Resources
- The activity was presented as part of the EarthScope ANGLE Educator Workshops. The associated presentation is Earthquake Basics.
- This version of the activity was improved by ShakeAlert and further changes in the future are possible.
- Original IRIS webpages for this activity Part 1 and Part 2
- Contact ANGLE with questions or comments.