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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B53/S22.141

“HANDS ON ACTIVITY” - BUILDING YOUR OWN SEISMOMETER IN CLASSROOM

B.Zaharia, F.Serbu, D.Tataru, B.Grecu, 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, 1085-1092 pp

ABSTRACT
Seismology provides opportunities to teach many physics (science), math and technology concepts and skills to learners of all ages. These include research skills gain mostly, at school level, by doing investigative experiments or researching information. Seismology-related topics such as fundamental concepts from basic wave phenomena and energy, to the design of inertial instrumentation using mechanics, electricity and magnetism to structure of the inner Earth, plate tectonics, dynamic nature of Earth systems and especially, could be successfully used to illustrate such concepts. Romanian Educational Seismic Network (ROEDUSEIS) is an innovative educational project aiming, among other objectives; to contribute to science literacy and science education at all levels (K-12, undergraduate, graduate and public) using seismology as a vehicle for scientific learning and awareness of earthquake risk. “Learning by doing” is the principle that underlies the project ROEDUSEIS. Students are smart, curious, and proficient with technology so they excel at interacting with real data and often want to engage with things as they happen. At this stage we intend to show teachers and students how to build a low cost simple seismometer. Building their own seismometer, the students will understand a number of concepts in physics and engineering, while seismic recordings will lead to discussions related to the dynamics and internal structure of the Earth.

Keywords: seismometer, education, seismology