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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B53/S22.126

SEISMIC MITIGATION THROUGH EDUCATION: THE MOBEE (MOBILE EARTHQUAKE EXHIBITION) EXPERIENCE

D.Tataru, T.D.Dragos, E.Nastase
Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-67-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book5 Vol. 3, 985-992 pp

ABSTRACT
In order to remain essential cultural and educational institutions, exhibitions and museums need to adapt to the times we live in and to the pace of technology and human interests. Through this paper we present our own experience and research in developing a state-of-the art earthquake related exhibition that meets the demands of our times and efficiently addresses a large and diverse target audience. The MOBEE (MOBile Earthquake Exhibition) Project tackles a very problematic topic in regard to the present and future of Romania: the key role of education, in the perspective of a future major earthquake. The project is the only initiative of this kind in Romania, a country where the lessons of previous destructive earthquakes (of 1940 and 1977) seem to be neglected. One of the main goals of the exhibition is to provide a reliable, attractive and up-to-date source of information regarding earthquakes, leading to mitigation by education. The initiative translates modern approaches into science, arts and computer science into end-products with a direct impact in forming (awakening) and developing the interest for earth science. We provide an insight on how and why new technologies and concepts like large scale 3D printed maps and models, digital animations and app development, hands-on experiments or flexible content were put to use. We hope that by sharing our experience we can help and stimulate other similar initiatives and propagate the mobile exhibition concept, as form of reaching the nowadays audiences (beside the online environment, which we also cover).

Keywords: earthquake, outreach, education, museum experience