Teaching about Risk and Resilience Activities

These activities have been submitted by faculty from a range of disciplines as part of the 2014 workshop: Teaching about Risk and Resilience. The activities use a wide array of pedagogic approaches to address teaching about risk and resilience.


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Using "Dante's Peak" to Discuss Response to Risk
Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
In this classroom activity, students watch the movie "Dante's Peak" up to the point where Harry Dalton's supervisor arrives and talks to the town council. Students then compare and contrast Harry's assessment and advice to that of his supervisor, discuss the reaction of the town council members, and develop their own recommendations for how the scientists and town should proceed.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Health Sciences
Special Interest: Hazards

Role playing the 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake and trial to debate responsibility for communicating and understanding risks and natural hazards
Amber Kumpf, Muskegon Community College
In this activity, students reenact key events leading up to and following the 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake and trial. This leads into a debate on responsibility for communicating and understanding risks and natural hazards.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

Creating a Natural Disaster Blog/VoiceThread to Understand Resilience
Anne Hall, Emory University
Student groups create blogs or VoiceThreads on selected natural disaster events including a description of the event, the cause of the disaster, response & recovery, prediction & prevention and resilience to the event.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Student Selected Problem, Hazards

Risk Assessment and Regulation in Christchurch, New Zealand
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
This activity encourages students to apply public policy and risk regulation concepts to the case of the Canterbury Earthquakes in New Zealand. Students review government websites, media reports, and first-person-narratives, analyze and evaluate policy responses, and consider alternate policy solutions.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Sustainability, Land Use and Planning, Natural Hazards, Policy, Political Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Sustainability, Hazards

The 2014 La Habra earthquake: Teaching Risk and Resilience in Southern California with Citizen Science
Danielle Sumy, EarthScope
This exercise uses the example of the March 28, 2014 M5.1 La Habra earthquake to teach about earthquake risk and resilience in southern California. Students will examine seismic waveforms recording during the earthquake, as well as read reports from scientific agencies and news outlets to answer basic questions regarding earthquake risk and resilience.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Seismology
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, Hazards, Local Issue

Using a Town Meeting Scenario to Explore the Impacts of Hurricane Sandy
Jennifer Haney, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
In this role-playing activity, students are assigned into groups which will explore specific roles related to Hurricane Sandy. A mock town meeting scenario where the community is requesting input for how to address the challenges of rebuilding their homes, businesses, and infrastructure allows for the class to learn more about the multiple perspectives, issues, and interests resulting from this devastating disaster.

Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)
Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

Know Your Audience! Audience Analysis Exercise to Increase Audience Centered Communication and Teaching of Risk and Resilience
Carrie Nelms, University of Arkansas Main Campus
This activity will help develop critical thinking skills in analyzing an audience to customize a risk assessment communication message toward their needs. With climate change disasters becoming more prevalent,scientist will benefit learning an audience centered approach to deliver an effective risk assessment message to a multi-diverse audience.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Sociology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Special Interest: Hazards

Family Stress theories and risk communication to evaluate and build family resilience
Tatjana Hocke-Mirzashvili, James Madison University
In this activity, students use theoretical knowledge about family stress theories to analyze family vignettes and make predictions about the level of risk or resilience each family might have should a natural disaster occur. To increase resilience, risk communication strategies are discussed.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Psychology
Special Interest: Hazards

Visualizing the impact of storm surge and sea level rise on coastal communities
Eileen Johnson, Bowdoin College

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards
Special Interest: Data, models, or simulations, GIS, Hazards, Data, models, or simulations:Data

Field Trip to Explore Local Natural Disasters
Robert Clayton, Brigham Young University-Idaho
All on-campus Natural Disasters students at BYU-Idaho (1200 - 1800 students per year) go on a field trip to develop field observation skills. We visit the Teton Dam, Henry's Fork caldera (part of the Yellowstone hot spot track), and 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake area.

Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience, Environmental Science:Land Use and Planning, Natural Hazards, Geography, Environmental Science
Special Interest: Hazards, Field-Based Teaching and Learning, Local Issue