Earthquakes have always fascinated children. The proposed package will make use of the interest that earthquakes and seismology raise among children at all ages to teach a range of basic science concepts. More than that, using real-Time data on the Internet instead of static information out of a textbook bring another dimension to developed activity, engaging students and project their work to the real world. By real-time data on the Internet we understand information that is updated on a regular basis and frequently changes.
How students and teachers access the data.
Even if data are made freely available by professional monitoring institutions, education communities need specific database in relation with pedagogic and didactic aspects: access to the data, illustrate case studies, and select seismograms of interest. That is why a specific tool for accessing Romanian earthquake data has been developed and is freely available. More than that, 15 recording locations are in schools, consisting in educational seismographs sending real time event base data to the centralizing application. It is a great opportunity for children to use not only real data but local data in their activities.
To analyse data, according to their level of study (lower or upper secondary school), students have to understand records, to pick waves time arrival, to estimate amplitude, i.e. they must have a good understanding of seismometry.
Specific softwares to use the data
Education world needs tools to use data : to pick waves, to locate epicenter, to evaluate amplitude. Thus, there were designed specific softwares as SeisGram2K (A.Lomax), Educarte (A.Lomax, J.L Berenguer), Amaseis (A.Jones), Jamaseis (T. Bravo), freely available and possible to used (and even translated) in schools. Some others are under development in the framework of educational seismology projects and will be also open and dedicated to educational purposes.