# Activities

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Volcano Monitoring with GPS: Westdahl Volcano Alaska part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Maite Agopian, EarthScope; Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

Learners use graphs of GPS position data to determine how the shape of Westdahl Volcano, Alaska is changing. If the flanks of a volcano swell or recede, it is a potential indication of magma movement and changing ...

BOSS Model: Building Oscillation Seismic Simulation part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), 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.

Base Isolation for Earthquake Resistance part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Larry Braile (Purdue University) and TOTLE (Teachers on the Leading Edge) Project

This document includes two activities related to earthquake base isolation. Learners explore earthquake hazards and damage to buildings by constructing model buildings and subjecting the buildings to ground vibration (shaking similar to earthquake vibrations) on a small shake table. Base isolation a powerful tool for earthquake engineering. It is meant to enable a building to survive a potentially devastating seismic impact through a proper initial design or subsequent modifications. The buildings are constructed by two- or three-person learner teams.

Earthquake Location: With real seismogram data part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Anne Ortiz and Tammy Bravo (Science Education Solutions)

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.

Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures (TVES) part of EarthScope ANGLE:Educational Materials:Activities

Bonnie Magura (Portland Public Schools), Roger Groom (Mt Tabor Middle School), and CEETEP (Cascadia EarthScope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program)

Students learn about tsunami vertical evacuation structures (TVES) as a viable solution for communities with high ground too far away for rapid evacuation. Students then apply basic design principles for TVES and make their own scale model that they think would fit will in their target community. Activity has great scope for both technical and creative design as well as practical application of math skills. Examples are from the Pacific Northwest, USA's most tsunami-vulnerable communities away from high ground, but it could be adapted to any region with similar vulnerability.

Using Autocorrelation and Cross-correlation to Explore Links Between River Discharge and Regional Climate part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Teaching with MATLAB 2015:Teaching Activities

Peter Adams, University of Florida

Students conduct autocorrelation and cross-correlation analyses on river discharge and climate indices to test the hypothesis that coastal streams draining mountainous terrain are strong indicators of climatic ...

Using Univariate Statistics to Understand Regional Drainage Patterns part of Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB:Teaching with MATLAB 2015:Teaching Activities

Peter Adams, University of Florida

In this activity, students use MATLAB to compare two data sets of organic matter content in order to provide quantitative evidence that tests the null hypothesis that sediment samples have the same fluvial source. ...

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 ...

Intro to Graphing part of Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities

Debra Woodall, Daytona College

Intro to Graphing is a 2-phase exercise that introduces students to Excel for the purposes of properly storing their data and producing graphs.