Implementing OpenSciEd 6.5 Natural Hazards

Implementing OpenSciEd 6.5 Natural Hazards

January 9-23 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • William Baur
  • Marcia Garrett
  • Geoffrey Reilly


Explore the question: Where do natural hazards happen and how do we prepare for them? 

This unit begins with students experiencing, through text and video, a devastating natural event that caused major flooding in coastal towns of Japan. This event was the 2011 Great Sendai or Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami that caused major loss of life and property in Japan. Through this anchoring phenomenon, students think about ways to detect tsunamis, warn people, and reduce damage from the wave. As students design solutions to solve this problem, they begin to wonder about the natural hazard itself: what causes it, where it happens, and how it causes damage. 

The first part of the unit focuses on identifying where tsunamis occur, how they form, how they move across the ocean, and what happens as they approach shore. The second part of the unit transitions students to consider combinations of engineering design solutions and technologies to mitigate the effects of tsunamis. Finally, students apply their understanding to consider how to communicate about another natural hazard to stakeholders in a community.

Participants should create an account with OpenSciEd in order to access the materials. If you are new to OpenSciEd curriculum, we encourage you to watch this webinar to learn more about how to navigate the website and materials.  The Zoom link will be sent out to participants the week before Session 1. Asynchronous course material will be hosted on Canvas, and participants will receive a link to the Canvas course at Session 1.

These courses are focused on Washington State educators' needs and standards, and all session times listed are Pacific Time.


  • Mon, January 9 2023
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon, January 23 2023
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Event # 151592

Registration Ends
Wednesday Jan 4, 2023 4:00 PM
Registration is now closed.

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