With a simple seismograph in the classroom, students, regardless of their geographic location, can watch as earthquakes are being recorded and can analyze data from their seismograph and from other schools to determine the magnitude and locations of earthquakes. The IRIS Seismographs In Schools (SIS) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, supports teachers' use of educational seismographs and seismic data in the classroom.
The IRIS Education & Outreach (E&O) program, in collaboration with the seismological and educational communities, develops and implements programs designed to enhance seismology and Earth Science education in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and in adult education.
The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology was founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation. IRIS is a consortium of over 110 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and the verification of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. IRIS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with its primary headquarters office located in Washington, DC.