Using pieces of foam or card you can model the movement of tectonic plates in different kinds of faults and boundaries.
You can use a box and several wire helixes ('slinkies') attached to it with bulldog clips to show how an earthquake generates P- and S-waves.
This activity shows you one way to detect vibrations and display them on a computer screen.
This activity uses two microphones to represent two seismic monitoring stations.
Identifying the parts of a seismogram; P-waves, S-waves and surface waves.
Students can identify some features on real seismograms or differences in arrival times of P- and S-waves at different stations.
Some buildings may remain intact, while others are severely damaged by the same earthquake. How does building structure affect the way it behaves in an earthquake?
Analysing data from several stations, which are at different distances from the source.
Using data from a recent volcanic eruption, students can do an earthquake location exercise using real data.
Students use a brick and sandpaper to model the characteristics of earthquakes.
Supporting information for these activities.
You are going to use what you learned from detecting vibrations to make a more robust and realistic model seismometer.
Program a Raspberry Pi in Python to collect and log data from a simple seismometer via an analogue to digital converter.
How to program a seismometer using Scratch with a simple Python script.