Towards the Future “Earthquake” School in the Cloud: Near-real Time Earthquake Games Competition in Taiwan

Monday, 15 December 2014
Kate Huihsuan Chen1, Wen-Tzong Liang2,3, Yu-Feng Wu4 and Eric Yen2,5, (1)Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, (2)Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, (3)Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, (4)Graduate Institute of Science Education, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, (5)Grid Computing Centre, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
To prevent the future threats of natural disaster, it is important to understand how the disaster happened, why lives were lost, and what lessons have been learned. By that, the attitude of society toward natural disaster can be transformed from training to learning. The citizen-seismologists-in-Taiwan project is designed to elevate the quality of earthquake science education by means of incorporating earthquake/tsunami stories and near-real time earthquake games competition into the traditional curricula in schools. Through pilot of courses and professional development workshops, we have worked closely with teachers from elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, to design workable teaching plans through a practical operation of seismic monitoring at home or school. We will introduce how the 9-years-old do P- and S-wave picking and measure seismic intensity through interactive learning platform, how do scientists and school teachers work together, and how do we create an environment to facilitate continuous learning (i.e., near-real time earthquake games competition), to make earthquake science fun.