girlstart’s Houston Conference – Having Fun Learning Wave Theory!

“It was such a fun event and girls left feeling inspired and in awe of all of the awesome workshops they attended as well as all of the great role models they met. ” – Sharlym Gil, girlstart, Austin

It was an amazing experience for TXESP too!  The girls learned the basic characteristics of waves and the concept of wave attenuation.  We used rulers, maps of real world earthquake epicenters and a collection of seismograms to demonstrate this concept.  We reviewed seismic wave amplitude and wave frequencies.  You can see all photos from the day as well as a highlight video HERE

 

and TXESP’s curriculum….

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Haiti’s Recovery From 2 Earthquakes in Less Than 24 Hours – Damages and Losses

Within the past 24 hours, the devastatingly poor Caribbean country, Haiti, has experienced 2 moderate earthquakes.  The primary quake, a magnitude M5.9 event and 12kms deep, occurred at 00:11hrs UTC; a strong aftershock with a magnitude M5.2 occurred at 22:00hrs UTC.

The Washington Post and Reuters are both covering this human tragedy.  Damages are expected to be wide-spread in the poor country; 11 fatalities are known at this time.  Click below to read more about how strong and devastating Nature can be.

From Station E1TX, Operated by Texas Educational Seismic Project

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Damage and Fatality Reporting from:

Reuters and the Washington Post

 

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Join the Great American Shake Out: Texas

Are you prepared for an earthquake disaster? What would you do?  Where would you go?  >>>>  Join TXESP for ‘The Great American Shakeout: Texas (https://www.shakeout.org/texas/) on October 18th, 2018!

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On
at 10:18 a.m. on October 18* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Texans can join them today by registering for the 2018 Great Texas ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

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Accepting Applications: Texas High School Aerospace Scholars

From Texas’ Girls Collaborative Project, please see the call for applications below:

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Dear High School Educators,

High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) applications are now open! HAS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Texas high school juniors to explore careers at NASA, learn about what they might want to study in college, and unite with like-minded students across the state. Following a series of online lessons, the highest achieving students will be invited to an all-expenses-paid, week-long visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer. Selected participants will plan a mission to Mars while receiving guidance from NASA scientists and engineers. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants. 

How can you help?

  • Please encourage students at your school to apply for the program by visiting www.has.aerospacescholars.org. The website includes detailed program information, the student application, important dates, and a downloadable poster to spread the word to classrooms about this unique opportunity!
  • You can also learn more about the program by viewing the two available videos on our homepage:

o   What Can You See

o   A Journey of Discovery

  • Get the word out to students on the morning announcements, in parent newsletters, in the school newspaper, and on your school’s social media channels using the hashtag #NASAHAS!
  • Spread the word to fellow math, science, and technology teachers to recommend it to their students.

 If you have any questions, please contact us at jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov or you may contact me directly atJessica.A.Cordero@NASA.gov.

Cordially,
Thanks,
Jessica Cordero

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars
HAS Activity Manager

281-483-8252

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TEACHING MOMENT F/U: Real World Example of the P-wave Shadow Zone

TEACHING MOMENT FOLLOW-UP:  Have you steadily been learning over the summer and now Fall?  How closely have your observations compared to our interpretations? Our living planet has given us another real world moment ….   What basic solid earth principle is observable on this seismogram recorded at Station E1TX?

 

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Indonesian Tsunami Video Footage

A MAJOR M7.5 earthquake, a tsunami, and ensuing moderate aftershocks, have hit Indonesia this morning at 10:02hrs UTC (05:02hrs CST).  While Americans slept or started their day, the dynamic and relentless Earth has shown Nature’s force.  Caution as there are some upsetting images seen in the video footage.

VIDEO FOOTAGE:

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/indonesia-earthquake-sulawesi-tsunami-video-13325140

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Major Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Indonesia Now

A MAJOR M7.5 earthquake, a tsunami, and ensuing moderate aftershocks, have hit Indonesia this morning at 10:02hrs UTC (05:02hrs CST).  While Americans slept or started their day, the dynamic and relentless Earth has shown Nature’s force.  Early images and the recorded seismograms of this event are shown below:

VIDEO FOOTAGE: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/indonesia-earthquake-sulawesi-tsunami-video-13325140

STILL IMAGES:

from CBS

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from the Disaster Emergency Department and Associated Press

from Texas Educational Seismic Project

 

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Donation Wednesday: Alief ISD

Donation Wednesday: Alief ISD.   Today, TXESP was able to follow thru on our commitment to the GoFundMe Summer Campaign: Shake it Up.  We donated 4 of 10 shake boards to Alief ISD schools which are leading in the STEM programs for students.

Alief’s STEM Mission Statement:  Through rigorous and relevant content, Citgo Innovative Academy at Olle Middle School will prepare students to be productive citizens by developing strong work ethic and critical thinking skills needed to solve 21st Century problems.

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Real World Experiences in Science

It’s 2018, time for the second round of input from YOU!  TXESP is searching for graduates and post graduates to share their own stories, pictures, career challenges and successes, journal writing, and of course seeking. Email TXESP, kristifink@txesp.org, we plan to host a temporary blog about you!

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TEACHING MOMENT: Real World Example of Wave Attenuation

TEACHING MOMENT: There are many types of waves we may study, for example: seismic, radio, acoustic, television, electro-magnetic, ocean waves. Seismology is one of the best tools to teach about wave theory, specifically wave attenuation.  Wave attenuation is to weaken the energy, force, magnitude, length or amplitude of an object.   After an earthquake occurs, the seismic waves travel throughout the Earth in many directions.  Our simple hypothesis about seismic wave attenuation is:  the closer earthquake instruments (seismographs) are to the earthquake’s location, the stronger the waves will appear.  However, review the real world example below…review the epicentral distances…. they are essentially the same….Why is the Venezuelan earthquake have a higher amplitude recorded at Station E1TX?

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Donation Wednesday: girlstart

Donation Wednesday: girlstart

Today, TXESP was able to follow thru on our commitment to the GoFundMe Summer Campaign: Shake it Up.  We donated 2 of 10 shake boards to girlstart, also a 501c3 Texas non-profit STEM outreach program for young girls.

Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest, engagement and STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Through its comprehensive programming, girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K through 12 Girls. Girlsstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, and understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers. You can learn more about girlstart and its programs across Houston area schools at girlstart.org/houston

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TEACHING MOMENT: Using Seismology to Understand Wave Attenuation

TEACHING MOMENT: Seismology is one of the best tools to teach about wave theory, specifically wave attenuation.  Basic wave characteristics are shown below:

  1. A wave’s amplitude is how high the wave’s peak measures.
  2. A wave’s wave length is how long the wave measures from peak-to-peak.

Attenuation is to weaken the energy, force, magnitude, length or amplitude of an object.  After an earthquake occurs, the seismic waves travel throughout the Earth in many directions.  The closer earthquake instruments (seismographs) are to the earthquake’s location, the stronger the waves will appear.  A similar scenario is also true:  if several earthquakes occur and are recorded by the same seismograph, the earthquake closest and/or greater amplitude will appear the largest on the computer.

 

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