Initial Publication Date: April 7, 2021

GeoCode: Using GPS Data to Visualize Plate Movement and Assess Earthquake Risk

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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12:00pm PT | 1:00pm MT | 2:00pm CT | 3:00pm ET

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Chris Lore, Research Assistant, The Concord Consortium
Stephanie Seevers, Recipient of the 2018 NAGT Colorado Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award, Science Teacher, Evergreen High School, Evergreen, Colorado
Shelley Olds, Science Education Specialist, UNAVCO

Webinar Description

How can students use coding to explore plate deformation, earthquakes, and their impacts on humans? The online curriculum module "Assessing Seismic Hazards and Risk with Code" engages high school students in Earth science and computational thinking while investigating seismic hazards and risks in a programming environment called GeoCoder. Students build simple block-based programs to create simulations and map visualizations of ground motion, deformation, and strain based on high-precision GPS data. This module is being developed as part of the GeoCode project, funded through an NSF STEM-C grant.

Participants will get hands-on experience with the GeoCoder and the curriculum module pages that students use.
GeoCoder is freely available to all internet users. Funded by the National Science Foundation.

Calling Pilot Testers

Are you interested in using the Seismic Hazards or Volcanic Hazards curriculum in your classroom? We are looking for volunteers to test out the modules with their students! If you are interested, go to and click the "Apply Now" link at the bottom of the page. Or follow this link to signup to be a pilot tester


The modules will be available for use starting in the Fall 2021 semester. The modules include the five activity curriculum, a Teacher Edition, Pre- and Post-tests, the Class Dashboard, and much more!

Webinar Goals

The purpose of this webinar is to:

  • Provide an overview of the GeoCode project and its goals.
  • Discuss how GPS data can be used by students in the classroom to investigate land movement
  • Demo the GeoCoder model and some of its features
  • Provide hands-on experience with block coding in the GeoCode curriculum
  • Share pilot testing results from an implementation completed during the pandemic.


Duration: 1 hour
Format: Presentations will take place through a Zoom Meeting screen-sharing session. The webinar will be recorded.
Accessing the Webinar: Instructions for joining the webinar will be email to participants the day before the event. Learn more about accessing the webinar.
Certificate of completion available upon request.
Questions? Please contact Bradlee Cotton ( if you have any questions about this event.