Sisifo map

YEAR: 2013 CLIENT: Italian government

Learning seismic safety at high school: the SISIFO project

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Education

SISIFO sites.google.com/site/ogssisifo/ (is a multidisciplinary one-year project managed by Numeria, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) and the University of Udine, SPRINT Laboratory. The project has been founded by the Italian government through MIUR (Ministero Istruzione Università e Ricerca). The main goal of the project is to raise the teachers and students’ knowledge of seismic hazard, seismic response of foundation soils and building's dynamics, and to increase awareness of seismic safety, including seismic hazard, seismic site response, seismic behavior of structural and non-structural elements.

As SISIFO project aims at developing original approaches to seismic safety, tailored on different targeted schools, we provided the teachers with “ad hoc” educational materials developed during the project.

Fourteen high schools of north-eastern Italy participated in the pilot project in 2013-14, with more than 400 students involved. In each school we installed a Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) sensor (qcn.stanford.edu).

Activities developed by the students have been presented during a workshop held on April 7th, 2014 in Udine (Italy). During the workshop, the students proudly presented their works and showed hands-on activities designed by themselves, involving the audience in a deep emotion.


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