On April 7, 2013, a little over two years after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of northeastern Japan, a lone boat washed up on the shores of Crescent City, California. The boat belonged to a high school in Rikuzentakata. This is the true story of a small boat that, through the efforts of a hardworking group of Crescent City students, forged friendships and brought hope to communities on both sides of the Pacific.
The Kamome Activities are grouped by age levels: K – 2, 3 – 5, Middle School, and High School. Some activities can be completed in a single class session and others can be spread out over much of a semester or school year. An underlying philosophy behind all of these activities is that they provide a non-frightening way to learn about earthquakes, tsunamis and disasters.
The Kamome Curriculum was developed by scientists and educators from the Humboldt Education Center at Humboldt State University and activities have been reviewed by experts in the fields of education, geology and tsunami sciences.