Initial Publication Date: March 17, 2020

Beyond earthquake locations: (MORE) Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom?

April 9, 2020

1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern


Michael Hubenthal, IRIS


(MORE) Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom? Webinar Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 11.6MB Apr10 20)

Click to view or download the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 273.5MB Apr10 20).

Webinar Description:

This session is extends ideas presented in a previous webinar, but prior participation IS NOT required.

When most people hear the term seismology, they think of the study of earthquakes... and a middle school S-P wave arrival time earthquake location lab. While the field is still grounded in earthquakes, modern seismology is definitely not limited to that dated middle school lab. In fact, S-P locations went out of date in the 1960s! Modern seismology now includes the use of seismological instrumentation and analysis to study a variety of Earth phenomena. For example, seismology has contributed to the study of climate change, severe weather events, fluvial systems, sea ice coverage, and planetary geology to name a few. In this webinar we will explore a third approach to modernize your seismology instruction; include seismology as part of instruction that supports non-earthquake NGSS performance expectations!

The previous webinar explored replacing earthquake location labs in high schools with an NGSS-aligned activity where students use seismograms to discover Earth's basic interior structure. For diehards, in the middle school that want to keep their earthquake location lab, we also explored how earthquakes are actually located and online labs IRIS is developing to teach these approaches.

Webinar Organizers:

Aida Awad (NAGT)
Edward Robeck (American Geosciences Institute)
Carla McAuliffe (NESTA)
Andrew Haveles (National Association of Geoscience Teachers)

With the NGSS Earth and Space Science Working Group