Shelley E Olds

Education and Community Engagement

EarthScope Consortium

Dr. Shelley E. Olds is an instructional design practitioner and researcher in earthquake hazards. She has more than 25 years of experience with instructing and developing learning materials on geoscience hazards and their impacts on society. Shelley is an Instructional Designer at the non-profit, NSF-funded consortium, EarthScope. She leads the K-12 curriculum efforts, collaborates with partners to create learning modules to incorporate coding to visualize geoscience hazards, and extend cutting-edge geophysics, geodetic, and seismological content into learning resources and online data-tools.

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Website Content Contributions

Activities (20)

Exploring California's Plate Motion and Deformation with GPS | Lessons on Plate Tectonics part of Geodesy:Activities
Students analyze data to study the motion of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. From GPS data, students detect relative motion between the plates in the San Andreas fault zone--with and without earthquakes. To get to that discovery, they use physical models to understand the architecture of GPS, from satellites to sensitive stations on the ground. They learn to interpret time series data collected by stations (in the spreading regime of Iceland), to cast data as horizontal north-south and east-west vectors, and to add those vectors head-to-tail.Students then apply their skills and understanding to data in the context of the strike-slip fault zone of a transform plate boundary. They interpret time series plots from an earthquake in Parkfield, CA to calculate the resulting slip on the fault and (optionally) the earthquake's magnitude.

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Essay (1)

From the hyper-local to global: UNAVCO's vision for sustainability in earth education part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Earth Education for Sustainable Societies:Essays
Beth Bartel, Beth Pratt-Situala, Donna Charlevoix, and Shelley Olds, UNAVCO UNAVCO, a non-profit university consortium, operates the NSF's Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE). Beth ...

Conference Presentations (9)

Education and Workforce Development Support by EarthScope Consortium and NSF Geophysics Facilities part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2024:Program:Poster Sessions:Monday Poster Session
The EarthScope Consortium operates the NSF SAGE (seismology) and NSF GAGE (geodesy) facilities and is dedicated to supporting transformative global geophysical research and education. EarthScope's Engagement ...

Other Contribution (1)

Using Recreational Drones for STEM Explorations part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Morning Workshops:Using Recreational Drones for STEM Explorations
This workshop is designed for educators, after-school club leaders, science-fair mentors, and others who want to facilitate STEM-curious youth using recreational drones as a platform for learning. The first 20 ...


Workshop Participant (23 workshops)

Webinar Participant (4 webinars)