Here are some sources of information on teaching about earthquakes and earth sciences and about careers in seismology.


The EduQuakes column debuted in the July/August 1998 issue of Seismological Research Letters and is a flexible and diverse forum for issues and information relating to SSA’s ongoing educational mission.

IRIS-SSA Distinguished Lectureship

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) jointly sponsor the IRIS/SSA Distinguished Lectureship, an annual national lecture series in seismology. The general goal of the program is to increase visibility, awareness of relevance and excitement for seismology with the general public.

IRIS Education and Outreach

The IRIS Education & Outreach (E&O) program, in collaboration with the seismological and educational communities, develops and implements IRIS programs designed to enhance seismology and earth science education in K-v12 schools, colleges and universities and adult education.

Windows to the Universe

The National Earth Science Teachers Association has created an excellent website: Windows to the Universe – Your Portal to Discovery. Each topic has three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced and most are available in both English and Spanish.

Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week (ESW) is an international event which takes place during the second full week of October. The American Geological Institute organizes and publicizes the week, distributes materials and provides guidance to those interested in participating in ESW. ESW is a “grass roots” effort that depends on local geoscience and education groups to plan and participate in those events.

Electronic Encyclopedia of Earthquakes

Since 1999, NSF has funded a partnership comprising the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE) and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) to produce a pilot version of the web-based Electronic Encyclopedia of Earthquakes (E3). The pilot project is on its way to success and we are enthusiastic about continuing our collaboration, which brings together over one hundred research organizations in earthquake science and engineering.

Earth Science Education Activities

A list of reference materials which provides teachers (primarily grades K-12) with resource information which will be of use in teaching topics related to seismology.

SCEC Educational Modules

The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) makes available online educational modules for teaching earthquake studies.

Earthquake Preparedness for Schools Symposium

On 6 June 2000, the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission and the Southern California Earthquake Center presented Earthquake Preparedness for Schools, a half-day seminar on earthquake awareness, preparedness, and mitigation for K-12 teachers and school administrators. The presentations have been recreated for SCEC INSTANeT News as Web pages, including video clips from the symposium.

AGI Education Department

Through funding from the National Science Foundation and the corporate contributors of the AGI Foundation, AGI produces innovative inquiry-based curriculum for K-12 Earth science education. At the college level, AGI offers the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (fifth edition). AGI also administers the Minority Geoscience Scholarship and Mentoring Program to maintain and increase the number of underrepresented ethnic-minority students in the geosciences.

Earth Science Education Resources

The American Geological Institute’s Education page has links to many educational resources and materials that may be used in explaining Earth science to school groups or to any audience.

Digital Library for Earth System Education

DLESE is a collaborative effort to provide support and leadership in addressing the national reform agenda for science education, scientific literacy, and scientific discovery. It serves a broad audience of scientists, educators, and learners working together to improve the quality and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE resources include electronic materials for scientists, teachers, and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, DLESE is being designed, built, and governed by community members from around the country.

Earthquakes for Kids

The USGS maintains this page of links to a variety of earthquake information and activities suitable for kids, including Today in Earthquake HistoryBecome an Earthquake ScientistScience Fair Project IdeasCool Earthquake Facts and Ask-a-Geologist.