Geophysics in the eighth grade: Earthquake waves right in their own backyard

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Conference Proceeding

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© 1998 Society of Exploration Geophysicists. All rights reserved. High-quality broadband earthquake seismographs are now available that can be used for teaching and research purposes by interested Middle and High School teachers, right in their own classrooms, bringing geophysics to life for the students. Some seismographs (purchased through a grant from SEG) are deployed for 2-3 months at a time in various schools throughout Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula, and the Houghton (MI) Middle School has constructed a dedicated pier for permanent placement of a dedicated seismograph. The involvement of the students in recording and interpreting earthquake waves on a machine sitting in their own classroom, and the visit of a local “expert” to help in interpretation, stimulates interest in global geology, geophysics, and seismology in particular.

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1998 SEG Annual Meeting