Mapping Earthquakes to Save the World

Grade 6, 90-120min

In the Mapping Earthquakes to Save the World activity, students leverage real-time data to plot earthquakes on a world map. The fate of the world is in their hands – the President of the United States has asked for their help to save humankind. Students identify patterns in their data and connect earthquakes with tectonic plates, making recommendations back to the President about where people are safe and where people are most at risk. This activity was heavily inspired by a project from the Stevens Institute for Technology Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education.

First slide of the Mapping Earthquakes to Save the World presentation showing a fake breaking news stream

Topics addressed

Students will be able to



Suggested lesson breakdown

This lesson can be run within a single class period, or can easily be split over two days.

Next Generation science standards

Common Core standards