Come See TX/BC-ESP’s Poster at Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ National Conference in San Antonio, Sept 18, 2019 !
Texas Educational Seismic Project (TXESP), together with the Boston College Educational Seismological Project (BCESP), share a mission to take real world events and turn them into “Teachable Moments”. In pursuit of our mission, both TXESP and BCESP use seismology as an exciting medium for inviting students into the world of scientific monitoring; we are highly motivated to promote inquiry-based learning through investigation of earthquakes recorded by seismographs in classrooms. It is truly fascinating that it is possible to record earthquakes that occur across Texas and New England using a new, simple seismograph – the Raspberry Shake seismograph. Seismographs record many types of ground motions: earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, human-made explosions, and even local traffic! Historically, real-time earthquake monitoring and analysis required very large, high cost, and professional laboratory quality instruments. However, very recently the Raspberry Shake seismograph revolutionized citizen science capabilities. The question we ask is “Can the Raspberry Shake seismograph provide high quality data similar to other educational and laboratory seismographs?” Raspberry Shake offers a simple “plug-and-play” affordable seismograph which offers great flexibility for users. Affordability and flexibility expands opportunities for low to median income (LMI) students – giving them research experiences investigating what is recorded on their classroom seismograph and promoting a valuable positive step in the direction of inquiry-based science education and college readiness.