Teacher’s guide and tools for the classroom#

Some things in this section might also be of interest to hobbyists, though the focus is on teachers. Teachers- much of the rest of the manual, especially How to visualize the waveforms in real time & Beginner’s guide to reading seismograms will also be of interest to you.

For teachers interested in using the Raspberry Shake as a teaching tool in the classroom, this SciStarter article is a good place to start.

See also What’s inside a geophone?

Classroom computer science tools like Mu, Node-RED & Scratch#


Mu is a simple but powerful Python IDE that is on its way to becoming the default editor for primary school classrooms. It is a good choice for really simple data analysis without the need to get bogged down in matplotlib stuff too early.

Instructions for Raspberry Shake coming soon!


Plot real-time waveforms from your Raspberry Shake and more in the classroom! Raspberry Shake is Node-RED compatible.

Node-RED is a classroom-ready programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click.

Example “Flows” and Instructions

Raspberry Shake’s node is available at Node-RED’s npm.


Scratch is a visual programming language for children which uses a block-like interface. The service is developed by the MIT Media Lab, has been translated into 70+ languages, and is used in most parts of the world. It is a great introduction to programming and computational thinking, and it forms the core of our clubs and projects for primary school children.

Instructions for Raspberry Shake coming soon!


Seismology: Innovations in Practical work this is a STEM booklet with a nice background science summary

How to teach natural hazards in school

Websites resources#

IRIS Education and Public Outreach: We especially like IRIS’s “Teachable Moments” and they have stellar Twitter and and youTube accounts. See also: the IRIS Curriculum and this video that summarizes the teaching resources available.

Introductory Earth and Earthquake-science lectures/ videos

Professor Braile’s website

Some University-level resources from IRIS

BGS: Discovering Geological Hazards

Some general Earth Science classroom activities (user contributed). Includes translations into 12+ different languages.

THIS IS REALLY FANTASTIC!: Understanding P and S wave propogration through Earth.

Understand Shadow Zones.