Coos Bay workshop participants jump next to a seismic station to make a local "earthquake"Coos Bay Workshop

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center
August 10-13, 2015

Detailed Agenda

Workshop Presentations and Activities:

Presentations by the CEETEP team and invited scientists, educators, and emergency management specialists provided background on Pacific Northwest tectonics, earthquake and tsunami hazards, and community preparedness. 

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Related videos and animations can be found in the Detailed Agenda and on the workshop DVDs.
Introductions: CEETEP, EarthScope, Participants, Instructors 
(Beth Pratt-Sitaula) 
Beauty and the Beast: Plate Tectonics and Geological Hazards of the Pacific Northwest (Bob Butler) 
Basics of Earthquake and Tsunami Science and Hazards and Related Teaching Activities (Bob Butler, Bonnie Magura, Roger Groom)  
Surviving a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake (Sue Graves)
Introduction to Quake Catcher Network and the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill (Bob DeGroot)  
Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunami and Related Teaching Activities (Bob Butler, Bonnie Magura, Roger Groom) 
Tsunami Are You Ready (Sue Graves) 
Native American Oral Histories (Beth Pratt Sitaula) 
Exchange of Pedagogies: Working Together in Coastal Communities to Engage Learners (Beth Pratt-Sitaula) 
Digital Resources (Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Bob DeGroot) 
Preparedness for Post-event Personal and Community Survival (Sue Graves) 
Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures (Roger Groom) 

Breakout sessions provided participants with opportunities to use their “Tool Box” of teaching supplies, maps and posters. Demonstrations led by experienced classroom teachers helped familiarize participants with their Workshop Notebook filled with plate-tectonic, earthquake, tsunami, and emergency preparedness activities. Related animations and other teaching resources to these presentations and activities can be found on the Detailed Agenda and Teaching Resources pages 

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Related files can be found on the workshop DVDs.
1-Human Waves Demonstrate How Seismic Waves Travel

2-Foam Faults
3-SeismicWaves and SeismicEruption
4-Plotting Earthquake Epicenters
5-Earthquake Location
6-USArray Seismic Wave Visualizations
7-World Map of Plate Boundaries
8-Seismic Slinky
9-Earthquake Machine
10-Pasta Quake
11-Earthquake Hazard Maps & Liquefaction
12-Build a Better Wall
13-Base Isolation for Earthquake Resistance
14-Pacific Northwest Tectonic Block Model
15-Cascadia GPS (Gumdrop GPS)
16-Advanced GPS Activity—Locked & Loading
17-ETS (Episodic Tremor & Slip)
18-BOSS Model
19-Types of Pacific NW Earthquakes & the BOSS Model
20-Cascadia Tsunami Geology Photo
21-Turbidites in a Jar
22-Cupcake Geology 
24-Tsunamis and Floods in Native American Oral Tradition and Mythology
25-Emergency Backpack and Emergency Planning
26-Earthquake Hazard Inventory & Mitigation Planning
27-Investigating Factors Affecting Tsunami Inundation—A Science Inquiry
28-Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Structures
29-GPS Cards 
30-Next Generation Science Standards

Field Trip:

The field trip day began with a visit to the South Slough Estuary to explore tsunami geology. Participants observed tsunami geology by coring into the salt marsh and finding sand layers and evidence of land level changes during the last great earthquake and tsunami in January of 1700. Next we visited Shore Acres State Park to discuss the challenges and opportunities from teaching about hazards in an outdoor setting. We also got a chance to look at evidence of plate tectonic action that has tipped the once-flat sedimentary rocks up at an angle. In Bandon participants practiced a tsunami evacuation walk, discussed how to improve community resilience, and toured the outside of an emergency supply cache. The last visit was to GPS and seismic stations at the Bandon Airport, where participants learned how EarthScope instrumentation continuously measures and transmits data on plate-tectonic movements.
Coos Bay Workshop Field Trip Guide

Action Teams:

Participants were organized into Action Teams with a mix of teachers, interpreters, and emergency management educators from coastal communities.  On the final day, each team presented on their plans for post-workshop projects which they would present about at the March 2016 Share-a-Thon