The myriad of events and activities planned to commemorate the 1906 Earthquake Centennial provide an outstanding opportunity to educate students on a number of topics, including:
- why earthquakes occur and what their effects (strong shaking, liquefaction, landslides) will be
- impact of the earthquake and fire on California's culture and history
- how to prepare for future earthquakes and other natural disasters
- how engineers make buildings safer
Professional Development Opportunities
We are working with the California Science Teachers Association to assemble a professional development "package" for K-12 teachers, so that their attendance at particular Alliance functions that focus on content can build professional development hours that will qualify for their No Child Left Behind requirements. Currently we are focusing on field trips and tutorials associated with an international earthquake conference entitled “Managing Risk in Earthquake Country” to be held in San Francisco on April 18-23, 2006.
On Saturday, February 4, 2006, the UC Museum of Paleontology, the California Academy of Sciences, and the California Science Teachers Association will be presenting a short course entitled "California on Shaky Ground." On the following day (Sunday), we will provide an opportunity for teachers to learn about activities for their classrooms.
The 2006 California Science Teacher’s Associate Conference will take place in San Francisco, October 19-22, 2006. There will be a strong emphasis on the geosciences and seismology.
UC Museum of Paleontology and
Treasurer, California Science Teachers Association