Educational Affiliates

QCNs Educational Affiliates include organizations that promote and enhance seismological education. Our affiliates work in education and seismology around the globe, collectively expanding our ability to improve seismic pedagogy and professional development.

IRIS Education & Outreach


IRIS is a university consortium sponsored by the National Science Foundation dedicated to the operation of scientific facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of freely available seismic data.

IRIS maintains a range of lessons, animations, and teachable moments useful for seismic education:

Southern California Earthquake Center


The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) is a community of over 600 scientists, students, and others at over 60 institutions worldwide, headquartered at the University of Southern California. SCEC is funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop a comprehensive understanding of earthquakes in Southern California and elsewhere, and to communicate useful knowledge for reducing earthquake risk.

SCEC communicates earthquake science and preparedness information via four focus areas: education programs and resources for students, educators, and learners of all ages; public outreach activities and products for the general public, civic and preparedness groups, and the news media; knowledge transfer activities with practicing professionals, government officials, scientists and engineers (with research partnerships coordinated within the SCEC Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis focus group); and SCEC Community development activities and resources for SCEC scientists and students.

Science for citizens

Science for Citizens

A global citizen science project that allows participants to analyze images, collect data, and share results with scientists.

SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities. SciStarter aims to:

  • Enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts.
  • Inspire greater appreciation and promote a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.
  • Create a shared space where scientists can talk with citizens interested in working on or learning about their research projects.
  • Satisfy the popular urge to tinker, build, and explore by making it simple and fun for people—singles, parents, grandparents, kids—to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.

Environmental Education Center Lithakia

Environmental Education Center Lithakia

A center with the goal of raising awareness for the knowledge and protection of the natural and human environment. The Environmental Education Center Lithakia Zakynthos was established by the Minister of Education on a proposal from the Community Council of Community Lithakia. It has been built from a refurbished out mansion granted by the Community, now known as Mansion Messala. It participates with other centers in Greece to teach students about the issue of environmental protection.

California Academy of Science

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a multifaceted scientific institution committed to leading-edge research, to educational outreach, and to finding new and innovative ways to engage and inspire the public.

The exhibits of the Kimball Natural History Museum address two of the most significant and closely-intertwined scientific issues of our time: The evolution of life on Earth and the maintenance of life on Earth. The exhibits draw heavily from the Academy’s 150-plus years of research, its 20 million specimens, and the expertise of its many world-class scientists and affiliates.

Its Earthquake exhibit delves into the science behind earthquakes and teaches how societies prepare for and respond to these destructive phenomena.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium

The public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, and to promote ocean conservation.
The Birch Aquarium uses QCN as an educational tool to teach kids about earthquakes. Their exhibit
consists of 5 main categories including the following:

  • What causes a quake?
  • How scientists measure earthquakes
  • Drop and Cover
  • Faults
  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Centre International de Valbonne

Centre International de Valbonne

A center that is bringing QCN sensors to 50+ classrooms in France.