Teaching and Learning about Earthquakes through SchoolShake

Come join us at the Institute of Ocean Sciences for a morning of in-person investigation into the faults beneath our beautiful island.

This session will walk you through hands-on lessons and activities you can do with your classes to learn about plate tectonics around Vancouver Island and look more closely at earthquakes happening right now with help from the SchoolShake program.

SchoolShake is an earthquake education program centered upon a network of miniaturized, scientific- grade Raspberry Shake seismographs placed in southern Vancouver Island schools. The program is run by seismologists at UVIC and the Geological Survey of Canada with its goals being to:
- Stimulate children’s interest in geoscience through hands-on learning experiences in seismology
- Raise teacher confidence in tackling earthquakes and other geoscience topics
- Bolster earthquake awareness and preparedness  

The lessons are geared towards Science 8 and Earth Science 11 teachers, but all are welcome!

There will also be a tour of the Geological Survey of Canada’s Earthquake Research wing, a great field trip opportunity for all grades.
NOTE: The lessons and the online activities using the Raspberry Shake network are available to everyone. Your school does not need to be part of the SchoolShake program in order to participate.
Although you might just find yourself wanting to join!

Please bring a laptop or tablet to participate in online activities.

Parking: All parking is free at IOS. Park as close to the entrance as you wish.  A parking pass from the commissionaire will need to be displayed in your vehicle.

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

Please bring a laptop or tablet to participate in online activities


12:44 PM - 3:00 PM
Institute of Ocean Sciences

This session is full.

This workshops is held offsite at Institute of Ocean Sciences - 9860 West Saanich Road - Sidney, BC - V8L 5T5 - Canada


  • Saanich School District
    Erin Douglas

    Erin Douglas taught junior and senior sciences in the Coquitlam School District for 13 years before moving to Victoria.  Erin has her masters in teaching methodology and is currently working as a TOC in SD61 and SD63 and designing lessons for the SchoolShake project.   

  • UVic
    Camille Brillion

    Camille is a Physical Scientist in Seismology at the Geological Survey of Canada and a Research Associate at UVic who’s work is concentrated on earthquakes and related geohazards in western Canada.