Outreach & Education
McKinley School in Santa Barbara held its first-ever Science Night on January 16, 2013. NEES@UCSB personnel Francesco Civilini, Matthew Cook and Sandy Seale presented "Make Your Own Earthquake". It was very popular!
The NEES@UCSB education and outreach team visited Adelante Charter and Franklin Elementary sixth graders in Santa Barbara. Dr. Sandra Seale made a power point presentation and gave an introductory lecture about seismology. She discussed topics such as plate tectonics and earthquakes, showed a movie of global seismicity and demonstrated how a seismometer works. The presentation concluded with a question and answer session and the opportunity for each student to generate their own earthquake by jumping next to a mems accelerometer. Students left with printouts of their earthquakes.
Girls Incorporated is a national non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. Goleta Valley Center held a science fair on March 13th, 2012 and NEES@UCSB was one of the main presenters. The team hosted the seismology booth where girls learned about plate tectonics an earthquakes.
Hope Elementary School Science Saturday consisted of many presenters including NEES@UCSB. The outreach team brought posters and the Make Your Own Earthquake station for students to learn about ground motion and seismographs. For the first half of the day students jumped on the classroom floor, then the students switched to jumping on an upside down a desk. Jumping on the desk produced the largest earthquakes due to the flexure and movement of the desk.
The NEES@UCSB Education and Outreach team visited Monroe Elementary School. Dr Jamie Steidl discussed plate tectonics and why earthquakes occurs at plate boundaries. He showed slides illustrating the travel of seismic waves through the earth and the crust. His presentation was followed by a question and answer session, after which, every student was invited to make their own earthquake and watched a demonstration of fault slippage.
Watch the video at: http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Preparing-to-be-Tsunami-Ready-132678018.html
The NEES@UCSB education and outreach team visited the Mountain View School and displayed posters and set up Make Your Own Earthquake stations. Posters included images of plate tectonics, the earth's interior, and seismicity in southern California. The NEES@UCSB education and outreach team also brought an old seismometer for show and tell. Along with discussions, students generated earthquakes by jumping next to MEMS accelerometers. Students left with printouts of the earthquakes they generated.
The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is a community of over 600 scientists with a basic goal of understanding the physics of the Southern California fault system and predict key aspects of earthquake behavior. Members of NEES@UCSB attended the 2011 annual conference in Palm Springs, submitted abstracts, and presented research at the poster sessions.
- The 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Surface Geology on Strong Ground Motion (Video link): http://www.keyt.com/news/local/Earthquake-Experts-Share-Findings-128348803.html
- KLCU Report on Earthquakes (Audio link): http://www.kclu.org/2011/08/25/scientists-engineers-from-around-world-in-santa-barbara-county-to-exchange-latest-data-on-earthquakes/
NEES@UCSB hosted the annual NEES Young Researcher Symposium (YRS), an event that brings together students from NEES equipment sites across the country taking part in the NEES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program . Each of the students presented their research in a poster session during the symposium.