# Activities

## Materials for Lab and Class

# Subject: Geoscience

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Results 1 - 10 of **305 matches**

Building Shaking —Variations of the BOSS Model part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), ShakeAlert, Chris Hedeen (Oregon City High School), and ANGLE Project

Building Oscillation Seismic Simulation, or BOSS, is an opportunity for learners to explore the phenomenon of resonance for different building heights while performing a scientific experiment that employs mathematical skills. They experience how structures behave dynamically during an earthquake.

How Do We Know Where an Earthquake Originated? part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Jeffrey Barker (Binghamton University) & Michael Hubenthal (IRIS)

Students use real seismograms to determine the arrival times for P and S waves and use these times to determine the distance of the seismic station from the earthquake. Seismograms from three stations are provided to determine the epicenter using the S – P (S minus P) method. Because real seismograms contain some "noise" with resultant uncertainty in locating arrival times of P and S waves, this activity promotes appreciation for uncertainties in interpretation of real scientific data.

Human Wave: Modeling P and S Waves part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) and ShakeAlert

Lined up shoulder-to-shoulder, learners are the medium that P and S waves travel through in this simple, but effective demonstration. Once "performed", the principles of P and S waves will not be easily forgotten. This demonstration explores two of the four main ways energy propagates from the hypocenter of an earthquake as P and S seismic waves. The physical nature of the Human Wave demonstration makes it a highly engaging kinesthetic learning activity that helps students grasp, internalize and retain abstract information.

Signal processing and earthquake triggering part of Teaching Computation with MATLAB:Teaching with MATLAB 2015:Teaching Activities

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University

In this exercise, written for an undergraduate seismology class, students use MATLAB to analyze waveforms from the 2004 Sumatra M9.0 earthquake, as they were recorded on three seismic stations in Alaska. Two of ...

Frequency of Large Earthquakes part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Jennifer Pickering

Using the IRIS Earthquake Browser tool, students gather data to support a claim about how many large (Mw 8+) earthquakes will happen globally each year. This activity provides scaffolded experience downloading data and manipulating data within a spreadsheet.

Pinpointing Location with GPS Demonstration part of Geodesy:Activities

Shelley Olds, EarthScope Consortium

Using string, bubble gum, and a model of a GPS station, demonstrate how GPS work to pinpoint a location on Earth.Precisely knowing a location on Earth is useful because our Earth's surface is constantly changing from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tectonic plate motion, landslides, and more. Thus, scientists can use positions determined with GPS to study all these Earth processes.

Bomb Cyclones - They're Explosive! part of Project EDDIE:Teaching Materials:Modules

Jacqui Jenkins-Degan, Marine Technology Program, Cape Fear Community College

Storms can have devastating impacts on coastal communities. Typically, tropical storms like hurricanes get the most attention, but there are other types of storms that occur at more northern latitudes that can be ...

Converging Tectonic Plates Demonstration part of Geodesy:Activities

Shelley Olds, EarthScope Consortium

During this demo, participants use springs and a map of the Pacific Northwest with GPS vectors to investigate the stresses and surface expression of subduction zones, specifically the Juan de Fuca plate diving beneath the North American plate.

Measuring Ground Motion with GPS: How GPS Works (Demonstration) part of Geodesy:Activities

Shelley Olds, EarthScope Consortium

With printouts of typical GPS velocity vectors found near different tectonic boundaries and models of a GPS station, demonstrate how GPS work to measure ground motion.GPS velocity vectors point in the direction that a GPS station moves as the ground it is anchored to moves. The length of a velocity vector corresponds to the rate of motion. GPS velocity vectors thus provide useful information for how Earth's crust deforms in different tectonic settings.

Visualizing Relationships with Data: Exploring plate boundaries with Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and GPS Data in the Western U.S. & Alaska | Lessons on Plate Tectonics part of Geodesy:Activities

Shelley Olds, EarthScope Consortium

Learners use the UNAVCO GPS Velocity Viewer, or the included map packet to visualize relationships between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries as a jigsaw activity.