As part of a project run by the British Geological Survey, Miss Jubb and I spent the day at the University of Derby today, learning all about seismology (the study of earthquakes), and how to use SWAN - the brand new seismometer (just like the one below) that we will be setting up in the Science Block later this week.
The BGS, supported by the PES GB, have been running the UK Schools Seismology Project since 2007, and there are about 200 schools in the UK which already have seismometers that are able to detect earthquakes (and other events!!) all over the world.
Once our seismometer is up and running, we will be able to do all sorts of things with our data, including reporting back to the BGS when there is an earthquake event, and sharing our data with other schools across the UK and beyond.
We are very excited about being involved with the project, and are looking forward to bringing more real-life seismology into Geography and Science lessons! We'll post news about the project, and the interesting seismic events we detect here, and there will be a display appearing in the Science Block soon. Feel free to leave a comment if there's anything else you want to see here, or with your own seismic news!