SESI Classroom Education and Outreach

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Classroom Education and Outreach

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Charge: Use education in the classroom to create an ongoing dialog with parents, teachers, and administrators and to develop advocates for earthquake school safety. Bring together EERI regional and student chapters to collaborate on delivering the activities and serving as expert resources for stakeholders. 

Email Silvana Cobos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you would like to join this subcommittee or if you have an earthquake classroom curriculum you would like to share. 


Just getting started? 

Download SESI's introductory flyer and presentation slides! 

SESI Classroom Flyer | Download Flyer (PDF)

SESI Classroom Overview Presentation Slides | Download Slides (PDF)


Classroom Curriculum
The following 4th grade and High School lesson plans were developed to teach engineering principles and seismic safety to students.

4th Earthquake Engineering Classroom Lesson Plan:

1- Intro for teachers material | Download material (6.1 MB .zip)

  • Lesson Summary and Curriculum Mapping (.docx, PDF) 
  • Materials List (.docx, PDF)

2- Posters material | Download material (7.8 MB .zip)

  • Engineering Design Process (.docx, PDF)
  • Talk Like a Scientist (.docx, PDF)
  • Vocabulary List (.docx, PDF)

3- Lessons 1-2 | Download material (22 MB .zip)

  • Lessons 1-2 Combined  (.docx, PDF)
  • Design Element Worksheets - Teacher version with answers  (.docx, PDF)
  • Design Element Worksheets - Student version  (.docx, PDF)
  • Group Data Sheets  (.docx, PDF)
  • Lesson 1 Supplement  (.docx, PDF)
  • 30 day M 4.5 Earthquakes Worldwide (.png)
  • Performance Descrption Chart (.png)
  • Earthquake Engineering Presentation (.ppt)

4- Lessons 3-4 | Download material (7 MB .zip)

  • Lessons 3-4 Combined  (.docx, PDF)
  • Oakland Design Challenge Worksheet  (.docx, PDF)

See the classroom curriculum in action!
Here is someone delivering the 4th grade curriculum in two parts:

SESI-Classroom-Training-Video-4th-Grade-Lesson-2015-12 from EERI on Vimeo.

SESI-Classroom-Training-Video-4th-Grade-Lesson-2015-12-Part2-update from EERI on Vimeo.

5 th - 12 th Tsunami and Sand Bins Classroom Curriculum:

1- Tsunami and Sand Bins material | Download material (771 KB .zip)

  • Lesson Plan Outline (.docx, .PDF)
  • Questions for a guided discussion before students start to design and build (.docx, .PDF)
  • Tsunami and Sand Bins worksheet (.docx, .PDF)
  • Tsunami and Sand Bins cost worksheet (.docx, .PDF)

High School Curriculum - Earthquake Engineering Classroom Lessons:

Open this Road Map document first

High School Curriculum 

1 – Introductory Material for Teachers | Download material (.zip)

  • SESI Teacher Information
  • Teacher Notes Before Visit 2
  • Teacher Notes Before Visit 3
  • Materials List
  • Master Spreadsheet
  • Pictures & Models
  • Project Guidelines
  • Software
  • Shake Table Setup
  • Surveys & Tips

2 – Lecture Presentations & Videos | Download material (.zip)

  • Lecture 1 – Basic Concepts of Earthquakes & Structural Engineering
  • Lecture 2 – Structural Systems & Project Overview
  • Lecture 3 – Dynamics & Response Spectra
  • Lecture 4 – Shake Table Testing

3 – Handouts | Download material (.zip)

  • Project Document
  • Construction Method
  • Response Prediction Handout
  • Test Day Worksheet
  • Vocabulary List (blank copy + teacher answer key)

See the curriculum in action!

Lesson 1

Lesson 2


Lesson 3