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Michael D. Wolter

Muncie Central High School



I.                  Workshop Goals


This project provides introductory training for high school and middle school science teachers in the operation of virtual seismic stations in their classrooms. Participants will be given the resources and support materials needed to take advantage of the PEPP network of seismic stations through the internet. The pilot project will be conducted as part of the Muncie Community Schools technology inservice training programs during the 2001-2002 school year. The tentative dates are:

September 25th, October 9th, and October 23rd.


II.            Workshop Structure


The workshop will consist of three, 3 hour Tuesday evening sessions from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. (See the specific outline included in this posting.) The workshop will be held in the computer laboratory used by the science department at Muncie Central High School. This particular lab has 28 pentium III stations connected to the school network.


The initial participants will be science teachers from Muncie Community Schools. These teachers will come from the two high schools, two middle schools, two alternative schools, and nine elementary schools, which are all linked by a corporation wide computer network system. Most of the teachers in Muncie Schools are not aware that a research grade seismic station resides on their network with data available to them for earthquake education. This project will take advantage of that network linkage and the resources provided through PEPP to establish virtual seismic stations in science classrooms throughout Muncie Community Schools.



In addition, Muncie Central High School is part of the Professional Development Schools network sponsored by Ball State University. The Director of Emergency Management for Delaware County is also interested in providing outreach resources and earthquake educationto other school corporations in our area. These partnerships will provide logistical and networking resources for additional workshops with extensions to other school corporations in this area as this project proposal and interest evolves during the coming year.


The primary presenter will be Mike Wolter (Pam Mink will also be assisting as a facilitator in the formal presentations). Mike and Pam have been PEPP participants since the first IU PEPP workshop.The workshops will have four main components (1) how to connect to the PPMUN seismic station data stream through the school networks, (2) how to connect to or view other seismic data streams via the internet, (3) how to use seismic data streams for classroom instruction that supports the current Indiana Academic Standards, and (4) how to raise the awareness and knowledge of teleseismic and local earthquake activity for students in Muncie Community Schools.


III.           Instructional Materials


Specific instructional materials are being developed from the many and varied resources provided during the past several years of PEPP participation. A final presentation package will be provided to the IU PEPP program following the completion of the first set of workshops.Free resources from IRIS and the Indiana Geological Survey will also be provided to participants. Duplication of written materials and downloadable software resources will be provided by Muncie Schools. Specific authorization to distribute SCREAM and other licensed PEPP software resources to participants will be provided through support from the IU and Princeton PEPP directors.


IV.        Workshop Outlines (next three pages)










First Session: 6:00 to 9:00 PM (September 25th)



I.                   Introductions Presenters and participants (Computer lab. - 30 minutes)

A.    Pre-registration - MCS inservice sign-up

B.    Sign-in, name tags, email addresses, timesheets, etc.

C.    Orientation to facilities and rooms.

D.    Verification of participants classroom computer resources

E.     Tour of seismic station.


II.                Earthquakes and seismology overview (Computer lab. - 60 minutes)

A.    Plate Tectonics model TASA computer software

B.    Seismic wave model Seismic Waves and Seismic Eruptions software

C.    Plate boundaries and seismic wave posters USGS & IRIS


III.                Break (10 minutes)


IV.              Software installation (Computer lab 70 minutes)

A.    Network folder location (SCREAM, GCF info, SWAP, WINQUAKE)

B.    SCREAM settings and help manual

C.    Viewing data stream - PPMUN

D.    Viewing other data streams PPBLO, etc.


V.                 Participant assignmentó(Computer lab 10 minutes)

A.    Install software in classrooms
B.    Run SCREAM for one week
C.    Bring back observations and questions











Second Session: 6:00 to 9:00 PM (October 9th)



I.                   Observations, events, and questions (Computer lab - 15 min)

A.    Discuss events observed

B.    Questions on bugs or crashes


II.                Analysis of Seismic Waves (Computer lab - 70 min)

A.    Identifying seismic wave components
B.    Using GCF info to display and save events
C.    Using SWAP to analyze events

1.      P and S arrivals

2.      Origin time and distance

3.      Locating the source


III.             Break (10 minutes)


IV.              Analysis of Seismic Waves continued (Computer lab - 45 min)

D.    Using WINQUAKE to analyze events


V.                 Earthquake links on the Internet (Computer lab - 45 min)

D.    PEPP--Princeton Earth Physics Project


VI.              Participant assignment

A.    Monitor SCREAM
B.    Extract an event (Print out trace)
C.    Download details and location information











Third Session: 6:00 to 9:00 PM (October 23rd)



I.                   Reports on observed events (Computer lab - 30 min)


II.                Curriculum resources (Computer lab - 60 minutes)

A.    IU PEPP curriculum projects
B.    Princeton PEPP curriculum resources


III.             Break (10 minutes)


IV.              Curriculum resources continued (Computer lab - 60 minutes)

C.    Rocky Mountain PEPP materials
D.    Carolina curriculum resources
V.                 Indiana Standards & seismic investigations (Computer lab - 20 minutes)
A.    Elementary School links
B.    Middle School links
C.    High School links
D.    ISTEP+ links


VI.              Implementation Follow-up

A.    First session - monitor active client sites
B.    Second session - sharing of downloaded seismic activity
C.    Third session - MCS workshop evaluation instrument
D.    Classroom Curriculum usage

1.      E-mail survey of participants

2.      Submission of new curriculum materials to PEPP site



V.          Workshop Follow-up


The workshop schedule provides two weeks between sessions. We are expecting the participants to have enough time to implement and try out what is covered in each session. We fully expect that the initial implementation feedback will be verbal and be software and technological problem solving in nature. Muncie Schools has its own workshop evaluation instrument that will be completed during the final workshop session. The evaluation of the logistics, structure, and presentation quality will provided by that instrument.


Actual classroom curriculum activities carried out by the participants will occur after the workshops have been completed. We will be using an email survey of the participants at the end of each semester to determine the content and extent of their curriculum adaptations and applications that were a direct result of having a virtual seismic station in their classroom. Participants will be encouraged to generate Web suitable documentation of their projects for posting on the IU PEPP website.


VI.         PEPP Veterans Invitation


PEPP veterans that are interested in conducting similar workshops in their area and would like to observe the Muncie workshops, should contact Mike & Pam directly. Watch for the final instructional materials to be posted shortly after the last workshop in October.


VII.       Closing Comments


For veteran PEPP participants, the original vision of the PEPP program has been an exciting and rewarding opportunity. Who would have thought that public school classrooms could be a successfully functioning part of a national seismic research network? Seismic awareness in PEPP station schools grows every year. Now that the PEPP network is functioning, the final phase of reaching out to every science classroom in the country with on-line data streams, supporting educational resources, and peer experts becomes possible. This Virtual Seismic Station workshop represents our local attempt to carry out the PEPP vision.



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