Classroom activities

The Science Enhancement Programme (SEP) in collaboration with BGS have written a set of simple classroom activities that enable students to learn about some basic science concepts using seismology and earthquakes as a unifying theme. These are available for free download from the SEP website as 'Innovations in Practical work:SEISMOLOGY'.

The activities include:

  • building your own seismometer — four different designs in one simple kit
  • simulating earthquake location with two microphones
  • modelling earthquake processes with a brick and sandpaper
  • seismic waves — and Slinkies
  • earthquake damage from building resonance
  • a simple vibration detector for simple experiments

Design models for classroom activities

Practical equipment for classroom experiments marketed by MUTR .

Building your own seismometer

Modelling building resonance

A simple vibration detector for simple experiments

Seismic waves (and slinkies)

Simulating earthquake location with two microphones

Modelling earthquake processes with a brick and sandpaper