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2008 Annual Meeting: Workshop for Science

Convener: Bob de Groot
Date: September 7, 2008
Size Limit: 25 participants
Location: Palm Canyon Room AB, Hilton Palm Springs Resort

A devastating 7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault will be the backdrop when nearly a million school children in California and major cities from around the globe join California's emergency responders on November 13, 2008 in the largest-ever earthquake preparedness exercises in the state of California. This workshop will address earthquakes in California and connections to topics such as plate tectonics, faults, and earthquake hazards throughout the state. Activities for this workshop will include a plate tectonics activity focused on California’s "master" fault, the San Andreas. Participants will learn about how everyone should prepare for an earthquake as well as what they should do during an earthquake. Every participant will receive a CD with earthquake simulations and other resources for earth science education.

Important Note: While open to the entire SCEC community this workshop is primarily designed for K-12 science educators that work in formal and informal learning environments. Special emphasis will be placed on providing content and activities related to basic earthquake science and preparedness. Additionally, we will address topics such as teaching about earthquakes within the context of the California Science Content Standards and facilitating earthquake education activities in museums and other informal learning environments.


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8:00 Welcome and Introductions  
8:15 The Great Southern California ShakeOut Mark Benthien, USC
8:45 Using the The Great Southern California ShakeOut as a Teachable Moment Robert de Groot, USC
9:00 Earthquake Education in Museums:
The Hall of Geological Wonders

ShakeZone and Beyond

Kathleen Springer & Jolene Redvale, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands
Bob Duistermars, Fingerprints Youth Museum, Hemet
10:00 Break  
10:15 Engaging K – 12 Students:
Earthquake Education Outreach to K – 12 Students in the Inland Empire

Earthquake Education in High Schools

Sally McGill, California State University San Bernardino
Anna Foutz, John W. North High School, Riverside
11:15 Engaging Post-Secondary Students:
The Great Southern California ShakeOut at Cal State Fullerton
David Bowman, California State University Fullerton
11:45 Earthquake Education Resources from the Southern California Earthquake Center Robert de Groot, USC
12:00 Adjourn