AMS 6th graders will continue to monitor earthquakes around the world next year and be able to work with SEISMOLOGISTS from Weston Observatory thanks to the generosity of the Newburyport Five Savings Bank for another year!!! For the past few years, 2 sources, A.E.F.I. donated $1733.00 on May 6th ,2011 and the Newburyport Savings Bank donated $5,567.00 on June 14th, 2011 have been helping us keep this wonderful program going since 2009. Thanks to these wonderful benefactors, AMS 6th graders will again be working one on one with a scientist/seismologist in their classroom for 2 weeks. The AMS 6th grade staff would like to thank both groups for believing in our students and for their support which will allow us to continue this amazing program. For more information, please read below.
AMS has been very fortunate to be connected for 11 years with the Boston College Seismology Project. In September 2006, A.E.F.I. awarded us a $10,000.00 grant to invest in this project. Over the past few years, we have received more funds from A.E.F.I. as well as the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and many private investors. This has made the past few years truly exciting as students were able to work directly with a seismologist from the Weston Observatory in Weston, Mass in their classroom for weeks at a time. The pictures above and around this information portray the students and our seismologists as they tested their seismoscopes that they designed and built on their own. They also made a scale model of the earth's layers from the core to the crust. Students from the past few years have learned and current students are still learning about the dynamics that power earthquakes and how scientists track and study them. Students also monitor and record the earth's movements daily on site with our own working seismograph that has recorded earthquakes from all over the world as they occur. It has been an amazing experience so far!
TO DATE - We have picked up over HUNDREDS of earthquakes from all over the world!
To see a current reading of the earth's movements and earthquake detection that is updated every 5 minutes, please click on the link below.