Sample Level One Operators Workshop

Held at Trinity University - San Antonio, TX on September 18th - 20th, 2009

September 18th, 2009

8:00 – 8:15             Welcome & IRIS Overview and Review of Agenda
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8:15 – 8:45             Introduction Activity
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8:45 – 9:15             Seismographs in Schools Vision
Outcome: To provide teachers with a vision and examples for using the AS-1 and its data in their classrooms, and guidance for creating an implementation plan throughout the workshop
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9:15 – 10:15            Earthquake Machine
Outcome: To increase participants understanding of the elastic rebound theory through the use of a mechanical model
Presentation (.zip 8MB)

10:15 – 10:30         Morning Break

10:30 – 11:15         Seismic Waves Basics
Outcome: To increase participants understanding of Earthquake waves and their propagation.
Presentation (.ppt 5.9MB)

11:15 – 12:00         Build Your Own Seismograph
Outcome: Teachers will be able to explain how each part of a seismograph contributes to the recording of seismic waves and conduct the activity with their students.
Presentation (.zip 7MB)

12:00 – 1:00            Lunch
1:00 – 2:00              Zero-order seismology
Outcome: Teachers will register their stations, learn to navigate AmaSeis, find files in the AmaSeis file structure, extract and analyze earthquakes, save and upload data   

2:00 – 3:00               Recognizing Patterns In Seismograms
Outcome: Teachers will be able to distinguish earthquakes from seismic noise and will be able to recognize features within seismograms.
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3:00 – 3:15               Afternoon Break

3:15 – 3:45               Using AS-1 data to locate earthquakes
Outcome: Teachers will be able to apply the S minus P method to locate earthquakes from AS-1 data.  Including:  recognition of P and S arrivals, use of the AmaSeis travel time tool to determine the S minus P time, epicenter location on a globe, use of the USGS catalog to identify earthquakes
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Spreadsheet (.xls 175KB) 
3:45 – 4:15               Structured Practice Locating Earthquakes
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4:15 – 4:30               Review Practice Events
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4:30 – 5:00               Small Breakouts           

5:00                          Gots and Needs
September 19th, 2009
8:00 – 8:30               Review of Gots and Needs

8:30 – 9:15               USArray

9:15 – 10:00             Where did “OUR” waves come from?
Outcome: Teachers will be introduced to the SeismicWaves program and will be able to import .sac files from the AS-1into SeismicWaves and connect the recording to Earth structure.
Presentation (.ppt 8.6MB)

10:00 – 10:15            Morning Break

10:30 – 12:00            Setting-up, Troubleshooting & Calibrating Your AS-1
Outcome: Teachers will be confident that their system is set up and working correctly, correct problems that might arise and will know how to perform a simple calibration of their system and to adjust the damping of their system accordingly
Presentation (.zip 4.7MB)
12:00 – 1:00               Lunch

1:00 – 2:30                Web Tools, Applications, Software
Outcome: Teachers will be able to access and use a variety of web-based tools (IEB, REV, NEIC) to support the seismology instruction in their classrooms
Website(s) used in session....              
Seismic Monitor
Rapid Earthquake Viewer
USGS Earthquake List
IRIS Event Search
USGS Travel Time Calculators 
Real-time AS1 Station Displays
Seismographs In Schools Discussion Forum
2:30 – 2:45                Afternoon Break

2:45 – 3:45                Calculate the Magnitude of An Event w/ AS-1 Data
Outcome: Teachers will be able to determine the magnitude of an event using AS-1 data and differentiate between magnitude estimates (mb, MS, mbLg). Including how to measure amplitude and period of seismic phases used in magnitude determination, how to use the Magnitude.  Calculator and how to find magnitude data in online catalogs.
Presentation (.ppt 1.3MB)

3:45 – 4:15                Structured Practice Calculating Magnitudes
Spreadsheet (.xls 44KB)
4:15 – 4:30                Review Practice Events

4:30 – 5:00                Small Breakouts   

5:00                           Gots and Needs

September 20th, 2009
8:00 – 8:15                Review of Gots and Needs   

8:15 – 9:15                Exploring Earth Structure with Occam’s Razor
Outcome: Teachers will be able to explain and demonstrate how the internal structure of Earth (concentric layers of different density and composition) is inferred through the analysis of seismic data
Presentation (.ppt 11MB)

9:15 – 10:15             TBD

10:15 – 10:30           Morning Break                       

10:30 – 11:00           TBD                                    
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11:00 – 11:30           Q&A/Wrap-up/Distribute Materials                     

11:30 – 12:00           Evaluation