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Teacher workshops and sessions | 2012 National Science Teacher Association Annual Conference

March 29 - April 2, 2012
Indianapolis, Indiana

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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 2012 National Conference convention hall 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.

  • 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.


    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.


    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.


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