B.C. Faculty Train School Teachers to Install and Operate Seismographs

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College geophysicists trained 21 science teachers from middle and high schools in six northeastern states in the installation and operation of seismographs at an August workshop. The organizers hope the event will launch a network of high school-based seismograph stations.

Led by members of the Geology and Geophysics Department, the workshop provided teachers with the technical expertise and scientific background to enable them to install and operate research seismographs in their own schools. The seismographs would be part of a nationwide network used for research on earthquakes around the world. In addition, the teachers will work with Boston College seismologists to develop curriculum projects to be used in earth science and physics classrooms.

"It was a great success," said Assoc. Prof. Alan Kafka (Geology), a workshop leader. "We had a very encouraging response from the teachers and we hope to build on the enthusiasm."

Other Geology and Geophysics members who led the workshop were Research Geophysicist Andrew Lazarewicz, and geophysics graduate students Eowyn Driscoll and Robert Herbstzuber.

The workshop was part of the Princeton Earth Physics Project, a nationwide educational initiative which aims to combine state-of-the-art seismological research with hands-on classroom training for high-school students in physics and earth science. Boston College was one of six universities chosen to conduct the summer workshops.

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