The ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System can detect an earthquake very quickly and send an alert of imminent ground motion before strong shaking arrives. During the symposium we explored and discussed how educational institutions in California, Oregon, and Washington can use ShakeAlert to protect our children and their teachers.
Participants learned about and contributed ideas how ShakeAlert can be used as a part of standards-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning opportunities in schools and in museums.
Over 60 emergency managers and science educators attended this symposium.
Mr. Doug Given (USGS) – ShakeAlert National Coordinator
Presentation: ShakeAlert Background
Ms. Margaret Vinci (Caltech) – ShakeAlert Regional Coordinator for Technical Partnerships – Southern California
Presentation: Becoming a ShakeAlert Partner
Dr. Jill Barnes (Los Angeles Unified School District – LAUSD) – Executive Emergency Strategist in the Office of Emergency Services, District Operations, and co-manager of the LAUSD ShakeAlert Pilot Project.
Presentation: ShakeAlert and Disaster Readiness in LAUSD
Ms. Cynthia Pridmore (California Geological Survey) – Co-chair ShakeAlert Educational Resources Working Group
Activity 1: A Stake In The Shake: Earthquake Early Warning
Activity 2: STEM Connections to the ShakeAlert EEW System Activity
Dr. Robert de Groot (USGS) – ShakeAlert National Coordinator for Communication, Education, and Outreach
Presentation: Introduction to ShakeAlert Communication, Education, & Outreach
Ms. Emily Holland (Cal OES) – Breakout group facilitator
Ms. Jenny Novak (Cal OES) – Breakout group facilitator
Dr. Danielle Sumy (IRIS) – Breakout group facilitator
Handout: Facilitation Questions
- Emergency managers from pre-K-12 schools, colleges, universities, museums, child care centers, and other educational institutions.
- Science educators, science department chairs, and/or those who serve as leaders in science education programs.
- Administrators from educational environments who will have a role in the implementation of the ShakeAlert® System.
- To encourage the successful implementation of the ShakeAlert® System in schools, museums, and other learning environments.
- To foster innovative approaches and solutions for integrating ShakeAlert® products into educational environments.
- Identify and overcome roadblocks, explore potential funding sources, encourage participation from additional potential users within the education sector and build partnerships that will support the success of a fully public ShakeAlert® System.
- To promote ShakeAlert® as a critical tool that complements existing risk reduction efforts.
- To explore ShakeAlert® connections to standards-based Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) learning.
This event was hosted by the ShakeAlert Joint Committee for Communication, Education and Outreach.
Organizing Committee: Margaret Vinci (Caltech), Doug Given (USGS), Cynthia Pridmore (California Geological Survey), Robert de Groot (USGS), Emily Holland (California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services), and Jennifer Strauss (UC Berkeley), with generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Caltech.