Local Teachers Learn about Natural Hazards Research

Eight earth science teachers from Western New York high schools visited MCEER, University at Buffalo, on December 18, 2012 to learn about research projects and educational activities related to natural hazards. The group heard presentations by Greg Valentine, Director of the Center for Geohazards Studies and Professor of Geology, University at Buffalo, who described recent large scale experiments to simulate crater-type volcanoes at MCEER’s ECLIPSE campus. Andrew Whittaker, MCEER Director and Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo, provided an overview of earthquake engineering research. Andrew McNeil, MCEER Education & Information Specialist, informed the group about the many curriculum resources for teachers curated by the Information Service. The teachers concluded their visit with a tour of the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), where they learned about the experimental testing that is carried out for industry and research projects.

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WNY Earth Science Teachers

The Information Service section of MCEER’s web site includes a wealth of information for K-12 teachers to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Much of the material is focused on earthquakes, but also includes other hazards such as hurricanes, volcanoes, and tornadoes. A variety of education resources are available including the Connecte2d Teaching earthquake simulation tool and The Great 1906 Earthquake & Fires of San Francisco web resource.