STEM Learning Through Tsunamis:

Coastal Engineering Design and Watershed and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Education Module

This curriculum guides students' decision-making using Ocean Science Systems. Students will understand the causes and consequences of a natural disaster, such as a tsunami or bio-invasion, learn about their risks, and explore choices and consequences of responses to and preparation for tsunami hazards. 

In addition, students engage in critical thinking about the consequences of different responses. The goal is to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) applications through natural phenomena, coastal engineering design, and the interaction of human systems as a conduit for teachers to apply, measure and motivate STEM learning.

The module includes three activities that address short- and long-term questions about tsunami risk.

If you would prefer to have the entire curriculum on a CD, contact Sam Chan.


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1) How long before the wave hits? Calculating the speed of a tsunami wave.

2) How should we prepare? Tsunami and Sand Bins – a desktop tsunami and coastal engineering experiment.

3) What are the long-term consequences of tsunamis, and what can I do? BioBlitz! What’s the Risk?

Tsunami Debris Resources

The following educational resource is useful for teaching K-12 students about invasive aquatic species: