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Whose Fault Is It?


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    The Exploratorium

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Whose Fault Is It?

In this seismic simulation, learners play a "who-dunnit" game to explore earthquakes. Learners act as the source, carriers, and detectors of earthquake waves, while the group determines who the secret starter of an earthquake is by applying some basic principles of seismology. Learners are introduced to the concept of a seismic wave lag and use data from the activity to create a seismic wave travel-time graph. This activity can be adapted for use with elementary age learners or even college level learners.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 11 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Earthquakes
      • Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Games
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • Free access

By:

  • Muller, Eric

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Science Teacher, ©1993

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