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2023 National Science Teachers Association Educator Workshops

Date(s): March 22-25, 2023
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Deadline: Participants must be registered for the conference.


EarthScope staff ran a series of workshops for K-12 teachers at the 2023 NSTA conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Why Can’t Scientists Predict Earthquakes: A Lab Activity for Your Classroom 
    • Thursday March 23 | 1:00–2:00 PM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – B314 
    • The focus question for the session will be: “Can past history of Earthquake occurrence “predict” future occurrences?” 
  • Locating Earthquake Epicenters Online 
    • Thursday March 23 | 1:00–2:00 PM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – A304 
    • Bring a laptop or iPad to this session to explore our new web-based interactive earthquake lab. This easy-to-use tool will allow your students to learn and practice earthquake location and analysis techniques using real seismic data.
  • Speed Sharing: High School Earth and Space Science (Station Monitor and Teachable Moments) 
    • Friday March 24 | 10:40–11:40 AM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – B302 
    • STATION MONITOR. Our FREE mobile- and desktop-friendly app allows users to access seismic data and explore local to global ground motion. Using this app, you will be able to answer the question: “Did the ground move near me?” TEACHABLE MOMENTS. Capture that unplanned opportunity to bring knowledge, insight, and critical thinking to the classroom following a newsworthy earthquake using our editable PowerPoint presentations. 
  • Visualizing the Unviewable: Simple Models to Activate Your Earthquake and Plate Tectonics Instruction 
    • Friday March 24 | 4:00–5:00 PM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – B310 
    • Teachers will be able to support explanations of important Earth science concepts by linking multiple types of models to earthquake phenomena. 
  • Discover and Measure Earth’s Layered Interior Using Seismic Data and Simple Models 
    • Friday March 24 | 4:00–5:00 PM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – C207 
    • Working through this novel curriculum, teachers will explore two different pedagogical approaches to use recent earthquake data and models to find and measure Earth’s outer core.
  • More Than Just Earthquake Locations! Modern Applications of Seismology and Geodesy to a Wide Range of Earth and Environmental Phenomena 
    • Saturday March 25 | 8:00–8:30 AM | GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER – B302 
    • After participating in this session, teachers will be able to describe some of the applications of seismology and geodesy to a wide range of Earth and environmental phenomena.