Earthquake: Christchurch 2011
News of the Quake
Scientists try to unravel lethal quake Dominion Post, 24th Feb 2011
Your questions, your inquiry
Natural disasters such as earthquakes leave us with many, many questions. Some of them are about science, others are about choices, beliefs, and the meaning of life. Science is limited to the study of what can be measured and examined in the physical world.
This learning resource is focused on supporting students affected by the 2011 earthquake who have science-related questions. It is aimed at students aged 13-17 years.
New Zealand students and teachers can also use Ask an Expert where Shelley Hersey is answering student questions.
Some questions have simple answers:
- When did the earthquake happen?
- How far below the ground did the shake begin?
They often lead on to more complicated, rich questions:
- What caused the earthquake happen when it did?
- How do people work out where the earthquake begins?
A good inquiry involves a rich question. There isn't any single, simple answer. You need to get information from different places and put it together to work out your answer.
This Wikieducator resource is designed to help you carry out an inquiry, based around the Christchurch earthquake.
NZ students who are studying for NCEA may submit their work for assessment and gain NCEA credits. Students who are enrolled at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School) should be in contact with their science teacher or learning advisor to discuss this. An example assessment task can be found on the NZQA website HERE