The use of MEMS technology in the classroom integrates research and education and addresses the Grand Challenges recommendation to explore MEMS technologies to develop low-cost seismic sensors that can be deployed in great numbers and can supplement or replace current seismometers. The reduction in price and improvement in quality of the sensors is being driven by the computer gaming industry. The resulting sensors have already shown their usefulness as aftershock sensors for the 2010 m 8.8 Chile earthquake (Cochrane, 2010, personal communication).</p>


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