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UNAVCO Educational Workshops for K-12 and Undergraduate Faculty

Upcoming Workshops


Please check back later as our 2014 schedule evolves.


Past Workshops


Yellowstone National Park as a Hotbed for Inquiry—For Teachers. (GSA course 520B)
Saturday, October 26, 8 a.m.–noon.
US$20 for one course—or get two-for-one!—US$20 for combined courses (add 520C or 520D)
Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsor: The Geological Society of America Teacher Advocate Program
Instructors: Nancy West, Quarter Dome Consulting; Shelley Olds, UNAVCO

This course for teachers focuses on data-rich classroom-ready lessons and activities exploring Yellowstone’s dynamic landscape. Middle and high school teachers will investigate the region’s eruption history, hydrothermal activity, seismicity, and land deformation using GPS, LiDAR, and INSAR. While the module focuses on Yellowstone, the park’s deformation leads to examining more general tectonic activity, natural hazards, and crustal deformation and strain throughout tectonically active areas of the West. Pedagogy will include hands-on models, demonstrations, analyzing data, and discussion of how to use these materials in teaching. All of the activities and data in this UNAVCO-sponsored workshop are free to the public.

For more information and to register for GSA short courses, please see the GSA 2013 Short Courses page.


Integrating GPS, LiDAR, InSAR, and Other Geodesy Data into Undergraduate Courses. (GSA course 526)
Saturday, October 26, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m..
US$20
Limit: 30. CEU: 0.4.
Cosponsor: UNAVCO
Instructors: Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO; Vince Cronin, Baylor University; Gareth Funning, University of California at Riverside

Despite its growing importance to research in societally critical fields such as hazard mitigation and climate change, geodetic techniques and data are seldom found in undergraduate geoscience courses. In this UNAVCO-sponsored short course participants will learn about a suite of activities, relevant to both major’s (structures, geophysics, tectonics, geomorphology, volcanology, and more) and introductory courses, that feature geodetic data investigations. A primary focus will be use of GPS data to understand regional strain and earthquake hazards but resources for teaching with airborne and terrestrial LiDAR and InSAR will also be included. Presenters include material authors and instructors as well as technical experts.

For more information and to register for GSA short courses, please see the GSA 2013 Short Courses page.


Earthquake-Tsunami Science & Preparedness Workshop for Coastal Educators: K-12 Teachers; Park and Museum Interpreters; Emergency Management Educators
Cascadia Earthscope Earthquake and Tsunami Education Program (CEETEP)

Workshop Dates
October 11-14th, 2013 @ Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OR.  Primarily for Tillamook and Clatsop counties in Oregon and Pacific county in Washington.  Workshop Flyer
2014 Workshops: Aberdeen, Washington and Olympic Peninsula, Washington
2015 Workshops: Coos Bay, Oregon and South Oregon Coast
Previous workshops:
August 12-15th, 2013 @ Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR and is primarily for Lincoln, Lane and Douglas counties in Oregon.

Through a grant from the EarthScope Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF), CEETEP offers four-day workshops to foster community engagement of earthquake science and preparedness, and to encourage collaboration and exchange between formal and informal coastal educators.

EarthScope is a multi-decade effort to explore the structure and evolution of the North American continent.  It includes seismic, GPS, and other geophysical instruments to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone and advance our understanding of the region's geohazards.  Each workshop will include K-12 teachers, park and museum interpreters, and emergency management educators from coastal areas.

Through a problem-solving approach to subduction zone geology, participants will learn how: 1) geoscientists developed our current understanding of Pacific Northwest plate tectonics, earthquakes, and tsunamis; 2) EarthScope is advancing knowledge about the active Earth in Oregon and Washington; and 3) collaboration on education, interpretation, and preparedness makes coastal communities more resilient to earthquake and tsunami hazards.  Three days of classroom and interpretive activities on Pacific Northwest geology and EarthScope sciecne will be complemented by a field day investgiating Cascadia earthquakes and tsunamis, and visits to seismic and GPS installations.

Learn more about these workshops.


EarthScope Northeastern Regional Workshop for Interpretive Professionals
Where: The SERC Institute, Acadia National Park, Maine
When: 16-18 September, 2013

 The landscapes of northeastern North America are the legacy of a billion-year history of plate-tectonic and surficial processes, including glaciation, mountain building and coastal processes. This area has many beautiful national and local parks and museums that draw on the rich natural landscapes of the region. The Central Virginia earthquake in 2011 and other more recent earthquakes in the northeast serve as a reminder that the eastern margin of North America is still geologically dynamic, and brought renewed attention to the scientific and societal implications of geological research in the eastern United States.

The EarthScope Program presents a three-day (beginning at noon on Monday and ending Wednesday afternoon) workshop that features presentations by prominent geoscientists and interpretive professionals to help convey the story of the magnificent landscapes, geologic stories, and natural hazards of the Northeastern region. Participants will learn how to use basic geologic and EarthScope information and scientific results, and will develop and present actual interpretive programs and exhibits during the workshop. Access to digitally-archived and real-time, web-accessible geophysical data will provide a key source of information for such programs. The workshop includes a full-day field trip.

Sponsored by: The EarthScope National Office (ESNO) at Arizona State University. EarthScope is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The host for the Northeastern Regional Workshop for Interpretive Professionals is the SERC (Schoodic Education and Research Center)Institute at Acadia National Park.

Learn more about this workshop.



UNAVCO events @ National Science Teacher Association Annual Conference,
April 11–14, 2013 San Antonio, TX


Friday, April 12 12:30–1:30 PM Silent Earthquakes Beneath Your Feet? How a Magnitude 7 Earthquake Can Occur Without Being Felt by Anyone! @ Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 001A
Explore the world beneath the Pacific Northwest and discover how new science has detected "slow earthquakes" using high-precision GPS and seismic data.
Presenters: Shelley E. Olds (UNAVCO: Boulder, CO); Nancy W. West (Quarter Dome Consulting, LLC: Fort Collins, CO); Patrick J. McQuillan (IRIS: Washington, DC)


Saturday, April 13 2:00–6:00 PM SC-19: Explore the World Beneath Your Feet: Using Modern Technologies to Learn About Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes @ Hilton Palacio del Rio, La Reina. This is a Ticketed Event: $44 advance; $49 on-site purchase tickets at NSTA.
Engage in hands-on activities that can be used in your classrooms to teach about plate tectonics and earthquakes in Earth and physical sciences disciplines. Using data-rich, place-based activities, you will practice using modern high-precision GPS and seismic technologies and data to explore how plates slide, twist, bind, and crumple. Join us as we connect the science to society by investigating these processes and how plate motion results in volcanic, tsunami, and earthquake hazards. The activities are designed to enhance students’ basic science inquiry skills through data explorations using multiple lines of evidence, maps with multiple types of data, and assessment of data quality. In addition, the materials will draw attention to new discoveries yielded through high-precision GPS and seismology to provide students with case studies highlighting the scientific process. While not required, it is useful to bring your laptop.
Workshop Materials
Presenters: Shelley E. Olds (UNAVCO: Boulder, CO); John Taber (IRIS: Washington, DC); Nancy West (Quarter Dome: Fort Collins, CO)


EarthScope Southeastern Regional Workshop for Interpretive Professionals @ College of Charleston, South Carolina,
January 14 – 16, 2013

The southern Appalachian Mountain belt, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain are the legacy of a billion-year history of plate-tectonic and surficial processes, including one of the greatest mountain-building events in the geologic history of North America. Plate tectonics are also responsible for great earthquakes in the past such as the 1886 Charleston earthquake. This area has many beautiful national and local parks and museums that draw on the rich natural landscapes of the region. The Central Virginia earthquake in 2011 serves as a reminder that the eastern margin of North America is still geologically dynamic, and brought renewed attention to the scientific and societal implications of geological research in the eastern United States.

The EarthScope Program presents a three-day (beginning at noon on Monday and ending Wednesday afternoon) workshop that features presentations by prominent geoscientists and interpretive professionals to help convey the story of the magnificent landscapes, geological stories, and natural hazards of the Southeastern region. Participants will learn how to use basic geologic and EarthScope information and scientific results, and will develop and present actual interpretive programs and exhibits during the workshop. Access to digitally-archived and real-time, web-accessible geophysical data will provide a key source of information for such programs. The workshop includes a half-day field trip.

Sponsored by: The EarthScope National Office (ESNO) at Arizona State University. EarthScope is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The host for the Southeastern Regional Workshop is the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at the College of Charleston.

Learn more about this workshop.


2012 Educational Workshops and Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO


UNAVCO events at The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting

Geoscience Educators’ Social Reception – Everyone is Welcome!

GSA Annual Meeting 2012
Sunday, 4 November, 6:30-8:00 pm
Charlotte Convention Center: Westin Grand Ballroom A

The Dynamics of Intraplate and Other Earthquakes Summer Workshop for Teachers

July 11th, 2012 to July 19th, 2012, Columbia, Missouri

A professional development opportunity for high school and community-college science teachers from states around the New Madrid Seismic Zone (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). Selected teachers will participate in an intensive one-week workshop at MU that focuses on earthquakes and intraplate crustal deformation, especially the New Madrid and North China seismic zones. Participants will explore the history, topography, and fault movement associated with these fault zones through lectures, laboratory activities, field trips, and computer simulations. During the training participants will co-develop and adapt curriculum for earthquake science. The workshops and field trips will be run jointly with staff from IRIS, UNAVCO, and USGS. This is part of the US-China Partnership in Research and Education of Intraplate Earthquakes (PIRE) Project

This project will provide travel support and stipends for selected participants, who will also receive three semester hours of tuition-free graduate credit from the University of Missouri. Two of the lucky participating teachers will receive a scholarship that pays the full expense for traveling to China to work with project staff and Chinese Scientists in the field.

UNAVCO-IRIS workshop materials
For more information about the workshop: http://education.missouri.edu/orgs/musec/earthquakesworkshop.
News coverage of the event
University of Missouri Media Advisory
Workshop materials and resources

National Science Teacher Association Annual Conference
March 29 - April 2, 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana

UNAVCO is presenting multiple sessions at the 2012 NSTA conference, join us!

Thursday, March 29 3:30–4:30 PM Earthquakes, Gases, Geysers, and Explosions: Exploring Yellowstone's Dynamic Landscape @ Westin Indianapolis, Capitol III
Explore the fascinating landscape of Yellowstone through historical and real-time data. This activity allows students to discover volcanism using seismic, hydrothermal, and GPS data.

Friday, March 30 2:00–3:00 PM What's Under the Shrubbery? Study Erosion, Landslides, Dinosaur Tracks, and More with LiDAR and Google Earth @ Westin Indianapolis, Congress I/II
LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging. Virtually strip away vegetation and explore a variety of landscapes unseen by the human eye using LiDAR and Google Earth to teach students about how the land changes.

Saturday, March 31 8:00 AM–12:00 PM SC-16: Explore Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes Through Web Tools and Apps @ Omni Severin, McClellan
This short course is a joint effort with IRIS and UNAVCO. This is a ticketed event: Purchase tickets when you register online or on the Indianapolis Advance Registration Form.

Learning about earthquakes and plate tectonics is fun and exciting by exploring real data. In this fun and interactive short course, you will gain hands-on experience with place-based, data-rich activities and science content to teach plate tectonics and earthquakes. You will explore modern technologies used to study the geology and geophysics of the earth beneath your feet in North America. You will learn how scientists use high-precision GPS and seismic data to discover the inner workings of the continent and how these measurements are important to hazard prediction highlighting the scientific process and practice with these data. Take home classroom materials. Please bring a laptop, if possible.

Also join UNAVCO, IRIS, and other partners at our "learning laboratory" (Booth #2048) in the convention hall at the 2012 National Conference in Indianapolis to explore classroom-ready resources available from federally funded and not-for-profit scientific organizations! Every 30 minutes during the convention hall hours we will run a 15 - 20 minute mini-session demonstrating exciting interactive activities. The full schedule for these sessions is available here: http://www.iris.edu/hq/esll

Also join UNAVCO, IRIS, and other partners at our "learning laboratory"
Sessions include:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

12:00 pm
Mt. St. Helens--Predicting Volcanic Eruptions
Learn how scientists monitor active volcanoes—what we learned from Mt. St. Helens.

2:00 pm
Yellowstone’s Caldera -- Building Up to Another Eruption?
Learn how scientists monitor active volcanoes—what are we measuring in America’s first national park, and why.

5:00 pm
Seeing Landscapes in High Def with LiDAR
Explore what landscapes can be discovered such as past earthquakes, landslides, and other hazards through high resolution laser scanning.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

10:00 am
Seeing Landscapes in High Def with LiDAR
Explore what landscapes can be discovered such as past earthquakes, landslides, and other hazards through high resolution laser scanning.

12:00 pm
Measuring the Creep of Tectonic Plates with GPS
You know how to navigate using a GPS, now learn to measure how fast tectonic plates are moving using GPS position vs. time graphs (time-series plots). Yes, Indianapolis is moving! Now find out how fast.

1:00 pm
How Can I Find Data Near Me?
Learn some of the high-tech, real-time data sources available for your students to analyze.

3:30 pm
Monitoring the Changing Shape of the Pacific Northwest
Learn what GPS data and seismic data reveal about earthquakes as the Juan de Fuca plate subducts under the Cascadian coastline.

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

1:30 pm
How Do We Measure How Fast the Atlantic Basin Spreads?
Learn to use high precision GPS data from Iceland to measure seafloor spreading on the island of Iceland.

2:30 pm
Tools to Measure Tectonic Plate Motion
Learn to use a free, web-based map tool that shows measurements of plate motions in near real time.

3:30 pm
Do Volcanoes Breathe?
Modern high-tech methods of measuring changes in the shape of active volcanoes.


EarthScope Workshop for Interpretive Professionals in the Central Appalachian Region
at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
26 – 29 March, 2012

The central Appalachian Mountain belt and environs are the legacy of a billion-year history of plate-tectonic events including one of the greatest mountain-building events in the geologic history of North America. Today these beautiful mountains are the locations of many of the best-known and most-visited National, State, and regional Parks in the nation. The Mineral Earthquake in central Virginia in 2011 serves as a reminder that the region is still geologically dynamic, and brought renewed attention to the scientific and societal implications of geological research in the eastern United States.

EarthScope presents a four-day (beginning at noon on Monday and ending at noon on Thursday) workshop that features presentations by prominent geoscientists and interpretive professionals to help convey the story of the magnificent landscapes, geological stories, and natural hazards of the Central Appalachian Region. Participants will learn how to use basic geologic and EarthScope information and science results, and will develop and present actual interpretive programs and exhibits during the workshop. Access to digitally-archived and real-time, web-accessible geophysical data will provide a key source of information for such programs. The workshop includes a one-day field trip to Shenandoah National Park.

Sponsored by: The EarthScope National Office (ESNO) at Arizona State University. EarthScope is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The workshop is hosted by the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at James Madison University.

Learn more at the EarthScope webpage.
Videos of selected presentations from the Central Appalachian Interpretive Workshop are freely available on the EarthScope YouTube channel (EarthScopeInfo) at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8BA335FD64EC3A61&feature=plcp



2011 Workshops/Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO


The Dynamics of Intraplate and Other Earthquakes Summer Workshop for Teachers

July 12th, 2011 to July 19th, 2011, Columbia, Missouri

A professional development opportunity for high school and community-college science teachers from states around the New Madrid Seismic Zone (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee). Selected teachers will participate in an intensive one-week workshop at MU that focuses on earthquakes and intraplate crustal deformation, especially the New Madrid and North China seismic zones. Participants will explore the history, topography, and fault movement associated with these fault zones through lectures, laboratory activities, field trips, and computer simulations. During the training participants will co-develop and adapt curriculum for earthquake science. The workshops and field trips will be run jointly with staff from IRIS, UNAVCO, and USGS. This is part of the US-China Partnership in Research and Education of Intraplate Earthquakes (PIRE) Project.

This project will provide travel support and stipends for selected participants, who will also receive three semester hours of tuition-free graduate credit from the University of Missouri. Two of the lucky participating teachers will receive a scholarship that pays the full expense for traveling to China to work with project staff and Chinese Scientists in the field.

Workshop Materials
For more information about the workshop: http://education.missouri.edu/orgs/musec/earthquakesworkshop.
News coverage of the event
University of Missouri Media Advisory
Workshop materials and resources

EarthScope for Teachers: Exploring Geology and Geophysics through EarthScope

May 20 - 21, 2011, University of Texas Institute of Geophysics, Austin, TX
Instructors: Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas Institute for Geophysics; Shelley Olds, UNAVCO; John Taber, IRIS
Workshop materials

2010 Workshops/Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO

Teachers on the Leading Edge - TOTLE 2010 Summer Workshop for Washington State Middle Level Earth Science Teachers (5-9th grade)

August 1-6, 2010, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Instructors: Robert Butler (University of Portland), Beth Pratt-Sitaula (Central Washington University), Jill Whitman (Pacific Lutheran University), Frank Granshaw (Portland Community College), Bonnie Magura (Jackson Middle School), Chris Hedeen (Oregon City High School), Roger Groom (Mt Tabor Middle School), Denise Thompson (Orting High School)

Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE) is a professional development program for Earth Science teachers in the Pacific Northwest. Through a grant from EarthScope, TOTLE will offer a five-day workshop for middle-level Earth Science teachers during summer 2010 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. EarthScope is an Earth Science program funded by the National Science Foundation to explore the structure and evolution of the North American continent. EarthScope seismic stations and global positioning system (GPS) receivers are monitoring seismicity and deformation of the active continental margin to advance our understanding of the earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic hazards in the Pacific Northwest. Through a problem-solving approach to active continental margin geology, teachers will learn how geoscientists developed our current understanding of Pacific Northwest plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes and how EarthScope research is advancing frontiers of knowledge. Three days of classroom and computer-based studies of active continental margin geology and EarthScope science will be reinforced by two field days investigating Cascadia great earthquakes and tsunamis and Cascade volcanic hazards.

For more information about the TOTLE program visit http://orgs.up.edu/totle/. For UNAVCO related educational resources, visit: http://www.unavco.org/cws/learn/2010/totle2010

Teaching Geodesy in the 21st Century – an ‘On the Cutting Edge’ Follow-on Workshop

Part of the 2010 UNAVCO Science Workshop

Monday, March 8, 2010

Leaders: Susan Eriksson, UNAVCO and Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
Cutting Edge PI mentor: Barb Tewksbury
SERC webteam mentor: John McDaris

The Follow-On Workshop Program is designed to bring Cutting Edge workshop results and resources to new audiences, while providing opportunities to develop new Cutting Edge workshop leaders. To integrate these regional workshops into the Cutting Edge program and to maximize the use of existing resources, workshop leaders with successful proposals attend a leadership workshop where they learn about Cutting Edge program goals, design principles, and website tools. The leadership workshop provides an opportunity to work with Cutting Edge PIs to design the workshop, and to work with the Cutting Edge evaluation team to design its evaluation. UNAVCO was selected as one of 4 workshops in the 2009 competition. Prior to the Science Workshop in March, faculty and E&O staff will develop an interactive website for pre-workshop and post-workshop activities. If you attended the 2008 UNAVCO Science Workshop pre-meeting workshop for faculty – this is for you. To register and learn more visit the workshop webpage.


Planning the Future of GeoCyberEducation

Report from a Workshop
Hilton Arlington and Towers, Arlington, VA
January 6‐8, 2010
Conveners: Jeffrey G. Ryan, University of South Florida
Susan Eriksson, UNAVCO Education and Outreach

The geoscience community has come together repeatedly in the last fifteen years to examine how the growing world of cyberinfrastructure tools, data archives, and information resources is impacting education and research in the field. The earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences have been early adopters of cyber‐tools to facilitate both educational activities and research (e.g., Manduca and Mogk, 2000; Carbotte, et al 2001; Allison et al 2002; 2003).
Download full report (PDF)


2009 Workshops/Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO

Which Way Are We Going? A Short Presentation on Online Mapping Tools to Help Students Visualize Plate Motions with GPS Data

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Porland, OR
Monday, 19 October 2009, 3:00-3:15pm
This presentation is part of Session No. 144 - From Virtual Globes to Geoblogs: Digital Innovations in Geoscience Research, Education, and Outreach
Oregon Convention Center, Room B117/118/119
Shelley E.Olds, Education & Outreach, UNAVCO

Earth's tectonic plates are constantly moving, grinding, and crumpling in an inexorably slow but measurable, dance. The temporal and spatial scales of plate tectonics and other Earth processes can be difficult to understand for many learners. High-precision GPS, LiDAR, InSAR and other modern geodetic techniques capture data over more familiar time scales and on easily visualized orders of magnitude (millimeters to centimeters per year), providing an effective means of illustrating the geomorphic effects of plate tectonics and allowing learners to visualize these processes.

It is the visual display of GPS, LiDAR, InSAR data, however, that helps make plate tectonics come alive for learners as a process that is happening in the present. The Jules Verne Voyager (JVV) suite of interactive map tools, originally developed by UNAVCO in the late 1990’s, was created to better visualize the inter-relationships of geophysical and geologic processes, structures, and measurements including high-precision GPS velocity data. The JVV tools have been very well received by educators in introductory Earth science courses.

More recently, UNAVCO built the Data for Educators webpage, incorporating an embedded Google Map with GPS locations and providing current GPS time series plots and downloadable data from the Plate Boundary Observatory. To extend and update the datasets available to our community, UNAVCO has been exploring new online and desktop-based technologies such as Google Maps and Google Earth which allow the inclusion of visualizations of more types of datasets, on the fly, while maintaining the self-contained, familiar, and easy to use interface of the JVV map tools.

Concurrent to these efforts, UNAVCO is developing free, place-based, data-rich learning modules for educators and students in introductory Earth science courses at secondary and undergraduate levels. These modules integrate new scientific discoveries related to crustal deformation and explore applications of GPS, LiDAR, and InSAR techniques to research. They also provide students with case studies highlighting the process of scientific discovery. This presentation will provide an overview of our current and in-development visualization tools and how they are used in our learning modules.

For more information and to register for the GSA Annual Meeting, visit this presentation's Web page on the GSA website.


Exploring Southwest Geology and Geophysics through the EarthScope Program

Flagstaff, AZ
26–27 September, 2009
Instructors: Shelley E.Olds, Education & Outreach, UNAVCO; Patrick McQuillan, IRIS; Steve Semken, Arizona State University
Through an exploration of EarthScope learning activities as they relate to the geology and geophysics of the American Southwest, participants will:
(1) be able to describe why EarthScope is investigating the geophysics of the Southwest, how understanding the past can help us understand the present and future & how present day geologic phenomena can help us understand the past,
(2) improve their foundation in geophysics, and
(3) be able to implement selected EarthScope activities in their classrooms.
This workshop is a collaboration between UNAVCO, Arizona State University, and Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and is funded by the National Science Foundation through EarthScope.
Workshop materials including the agenda and more information are found on UNAVCO's Community Workspace.

Teachers on the Leading Edge - July 2009 Workshop for Washington Teachers

July 26 - July 31, 2009
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
Teachers on the Leading Edge (TOTLE) is a professional development program for Pacific Northwest teachers of Earth Science. This program features plate tectonics and geologic hazards of the Pacific Northwest. Through funding from the National Science Foundation, TOTLE is offering teacher workshops each summer from 2008 through 2010. These five-day workshops include one field day investigating Cascadia great earthquakes and tsunami geology and one field day exploring Cascade volcanic hazards. Middle school teachers of Earth Science are the primary audience for TOTLE workshops. UNAVCO staff and Master Teachers are participating as facilitators and evaluator observers at the workshop.

For more information about the TOTLE program visit http://orgs.up.edu/totle/. For UNAVCO related educational resources, visit: http://www.unavco.org/cws/learn/2010/totle2010

NSELA: Shifting, Melting, Flowing: the Natural and Human Designed World

National Science Teachers Association Conference
March 21, 2009, 1-5pm
New Orleans, LA
River Room I/II, The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
Limit: 35 people
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Come explore modern technologies used to study glacier dynamics, the role of glaciers within the global climate system and how glaciers are influenced by climate change. We’ll discuss how scientists use high-precision measurement technologies such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) to integrate new discoveries related to glacier and ice sheet movement and other earth science phenomena. We’ll engage in a series of activities that use data from GPS to examine how glaciers move and their potential impact on sea level. No previous knowledge about GPS is necessary. You’ll leave this workshop with links to real-world data, relevant scientific resources, and prepackaged lesson plans & presentations designed for use with students in classrooms. UNAVCO is a nonprofit consortium funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. As a member of the EarthScope project, UNAVCO is developing free instructional materials to provide secondary-level educators with concrete, problem-based methods to teach their students how Earth scientists measure glacier movement and crustal deformation using GPS and how these measurements are important to hazard prediction and infrastructure.

2008 Educational Workshops and Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO


The Use of GPS, LiDAR, and InSAR Data to Learn about Plate Tectonics, Crustal Deformation, Isostasy, and Ice Flow: A Short Course for Faculty at Two- and Four-Year Institutions

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
October 4, 2008, 9am - 5pm
Houston, TX
Susan C. Eriksson, UNAVCO; Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
This course is geared toward faculty at two- and four-year colleges who teach earth science or a science course in which plate tectonics is a topic. Participants will be introduced to place-based, data-rich educational materials about GPS and plate tectonics to use in their classrooms, receive an introduction to high-precision GPS, and have the opportunity to discuss pedagogical strategies for classroom implementation. Anticipated topics include slow earthquakes in Cascadia, volcano deformation, isostatic rebound, and ice flow. Applications of new technologies, such as LiDAR and InSAR, will be introduced. Knowledge of GPS is not required.
Short Course Materials: /cws/learn/shortcourseGSAfall2008/

Introducing GPS and its Applications in Earth Science to Students and Educators of Puerto Rico

September 27, 2008
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Susan C. Eriksson, UNAVCO
Through an exploration of UNAVCO learning activities as they relate to the Caribbean geology and geophysics, participants will be able to:
-Describe why scientists are investigating the geophysics of Puerto Rico and surrounding area, how the geology relates to hazards of the area, and how technology of space geodesy helps us understand the Earth.
-Discuss high-precision GPS and its application to plate tectonics, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
-Interpret GPS time series plots to determine regional plate velocity.
-Access resources to support classroom implementation and be able implement selected UNAVCO activities in your classroom.
Course Materials: /cws/learn/puertoricoworkshop/

Explore New Mexico Geology and Geophysics through the EarthScope Program

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
August 5, 9am -4pm
Albequerque, NM
EarthScope is a national, decade-long geoscience program to understand the North American continent. Geophysical instruments will move across the continent, acquiring new information about continental evolution and structure; and laboratories have been set up in regions of special interest, including our own Rio Grande rift. In 2008, instruments will be fully operational throughout New Mexico, allowing us to better understand our state’s volcanoes, mountains, seismic activity, and the development of the rift. This is a great opportunity to learn about new and ongoing geological research that directly relates to New Mexico. This workshop is offered by EarthScope, IRIS, and UNAVCO and hosted by the NMMNHS. Come learn information, activities, and materials that you can use in the classroom!
Level: Limited to teachers of middle through high school Earth science and physical science.
Funding provided by the National Science Foundation. $125 teacher stipend and lunch provided; mileage and one night’s hotel available for non-local participants.
Course Materials: /cws/learn/earthscopeNewMexico/

Teachers on the Leading Edge Workshop

July 27 - August 1, 2008
Portland, OR

Explore Central Great Plains Geology and Geophysics through the EarthScope Program

June 12–13, 2008
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
Through an exploration of EarthScope learning activities as they relate to the Central Great Plains geology and geophysics, participants will:
-Be able to describe why EarthScope is investigating the geophysics of the Great Plains, how understanding the past can help us understand the present and future & how present day geologic phenomena can help us understand the past.
-Improve their foundation in geophysics.
-Be able to implement selected EarthScope activities in their classrooms.
Course Materials: /cws/learn/earthscopeNebraska/

Using EarthScope GPS and Seismic Data in National Parks

EarthScope Cascadia Interpretive Workshop, Mount Rainier National Park Education Center
April 7–10, 2008
Tahoma Woods, WA
Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis reveal the power of Earth’s forces that form the spectacular landscape of the Pacific Northwest. EarthScope is a nationwide effort that applies the latest science and technology to explore the structure and evolution of the North American continent and understand processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions (www.earthscope.org). Interpretive professionals in the Pacific Northwest have the unique opportunity to engage the public on the relevance of EarthScope discoveries as they are being made. This 3-day workshop will combine presentations by EarthScope scientists with interpretive methods to convey the story of the ongoing deformation of the edge of the North American continent. Participants will learn how to use EarthScope data and science results, and will develop and present actual programs and exhibits during the workshop. The goal is to help interpreters create opportunities for the public to form their own intellectual and emotional connections to the dynamic landscape of the Pacific Northwest.
Course Materials: http://www.earthscope.org/workshops/cascadia08

Explore Plate Tectonics Using GPS Data

TXESS Revolution
April 4, 2008
Austin, TX
Course Materials: /cws/UsingData/index_html#TXESS

Explore Plate Tectonics Using GPS Data

National Science Teachers Association National Conference
March 27, 2008
Boston, MA
Course Materials: /cws/UsingData/
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2007 Educational Workshops and Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO


Using EarthScope Data in the Classroom

November 15, 2007: 8-11 am
Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching: Austin, TX
Susan Eriksson, UNAVCO; Shelley Olds, UNAVCO; John Taber, IRIS
Come learn how your students can access GPS and seismic data over the Internet from the largest ever Earth science experiment. The data can be used in the classroom to discover the processes underlying tectonic plate motions and to understand Earth structure.
Course Materials: http://www.statweb.org/CASTAustin/shortcoursefinal.html

Explore Plate Tectonics Using GPS Data

November 9, 2007: 5–6 pm
National Science Teachers Association 2007 Western Area Conference: Denver, CO
Susan Eriksson, UNAVCO; Shelley E. Olds, UNAVCO
Explore current techniques to study plate tectonics and plate movement and discuss strategies for integrating modern research into your teaching. Classroom materials provided.
GRADE LEVEL: Middle Level-High School
Course Materials: /cws/UsingData/index_html#nsta2007fall

Using GPS Data to Learn about Tectonic Plate Movement, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and other Applications: A Workshop for Educators in Secondary Education

October 28, 2007: 1-5 pm
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting & Exposition: Denver, CO
Susan C. Eriksson, UNAVCO; Shelley E. Olds, UNAVCO
This course is geared toward educators in middle and high schools who teach earth science or a science course in which plate tectonics is a topic. Educators will be introduced to place-based, data-rich educational materials about global positioning system (GPS) and plate tectonics to use in their classrooms, receive an introduction to high-precision GPS, and have the opportunity to discuss pedagogical strategies for classroom implementation. Anticipated topics include faulting along the San Andreas fault, monitoring volcano deformation, and recent advances in researching slow earthquakes in Cascadia. Although individuals with GPS experience are welcome, knowledge of GPS is not required. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a laptop computer.
Course Materials: www.unavco.org/cws/2007GSA_course/.
Limit: 20. Fee: US$41; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.4
Short Course (Middle and high school teachers)

Geoscience Educators’ Social Reception – Everyone is Welcome!

GSA Annual Meeting 2007
October 27, 2007: 5-7 pm
Colorado Convention Center, Hall F Prefunction
Co-hosted by: The Geological Society of America Education Committee, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and the GSA Division of Geoscience Education.
Sponsored by: IRIS Consortium, Digital Library for Earth System Education, Cutting Edge, EarthScope, UNAVCO, American Geological Institute, and National Earth Science Teachers Association.
Coordinated by: The GSA Education and Outreach Department.

Exploring Plate Tectonics Using GPS Data

June 19-22, 2007
21st Annual Technology in Education (TIE) Conference
Copper Mountain, Colorado
Workshop for secondary education teachers: Through computer-based, hands-on, and kinesthetic exercises, join us in exploring how to make plate tectonics come alive for students. Using real high-precision GPS data and data exploration tools such as EarthsScope Voyager and Jules Vern Voyager Jr., learn some of the techniques that scientists utilize to study the movement of tectonic plates, how the plates deform during and after earthquakes, and other motions such as volcanic deformation and glacial movement. We’ll provide activities you can use in your classrooms to supplement your plate tectonic curriculum so that students can describe spatial relationship between earthquakes, volcanoes, and plate boundaries.

Exploring Plate Tectonics Using the Global Positioning System (GPS)

March 31, 2007: 5-6 pm
National Science Teachers Association National Conference
St. Louis, Missouri
Short course for secondary education teachers: A variety of Earth processes—earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and mountain building—occur at tectonic plate boundaries, and each causes Earth’s crust to deform. Come learn how earth scientists use Global Positioning System (GPS) to measure this deformation.

Bringing EarthScope Research into the Undergraduate Classroom

March 29, 2007: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
EarthScope National Meeting
Monterey, California
Poster session (Undergraduate faculty): This session will allow participants to share their experiences—ranging from tried-and-true exercises to fresh, untested new ideas—on the use of EarthScope-related data and results into the undergraduate science classroom. We invite participants to contribute a poster focused on educational applications of EarthScope science, and to bring along a lab exercise, homework problem, or new idea for using EarthScope data in the classroom. Computer-based and internet exercises are particularly welcome.

Using EarthScope data in the classroom

March 27, 2007: 3-7 pm
EarthScope National Meeting
Monterey, California
Workshop (Middle and high school teachers): This 1/2 day professional development session will focus on the use of EarthScope data in the classroom for middle and high school teachers. The session will include the presentation of EarthScope science content and modeling of classroom activities by UNAVCO and IRIS staff and consortium members.

Explore Plate Tectonics Using GPS Data

March 2, 2007
Coalition for Earth System Education Meeting "Earth System Science for All Ages"
Boulder, Colorado
Poster Session (middle and high school teachers)

2006 Educational Workshops and Presentations Sponsored by UNAVCO


Using GPS Data to Study Crustal Deformation, Earthquakes, and Volcanism: A Workshop for College Faculty

October 22-25, 2006
Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (college faculty)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A half-day workshop for college faculty who teach introductory/general education Earth science courses
Workshop Materials
Convener: UNAVCO

Using Data-Rich Activities to Teach About Plate Tectonics, Earth Structure, and Earthquakes

October 26-29, 2006
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science National Meeting (K-12 teachers)
Tampa, Florida
This workshop targets 6th-12th grade teachers and will be no longer than a half-day.
Conveners: UNAVCO and IRIS

Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop: Earthquakes And Tsunamis

December 11-15, 2006
Fall AGU Meeting
San Francisco, California
2 Day Workshop (K-12 teachers): This workshop targets K-12 teachers in conjunction with the GIFT (Geophysical Information for Teachers) program.
Conveners: IRIS, UNAVCO, and others

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