Monday, 18 June 2007

Kathmandu International Study Centre, Nepal

We have received the following positive response from the Kathmandu International Study Centre. "Many thanks; Earth Learning Idea seems very exciting especially as you will be using the International Year of Planet Earth and publishing one activity per week. The sample activity, 'Quake Shake' was spot on for here, where we have an earthquake drill every term. Keep up the good work; it is imaginative and I think will meet a need in many poor countries like ours. Poverty doesn't only mean money, it means poverty of experience, learning, thinking ability - - - even books."

Thursday, 7 June 2007

New Link on Earth Learning Idea website

We have added another link on our website to the free online Open University resources. There is quite a lot of Earth Science and Environmental material here which will be of interest to subscribers of Earth Learning Idea.

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Thanks for positive comments

Thank you for the positive comments Pete and for the ideas for further development of Quake Shake. Using objects of varying shape to investigate stability will lead to yet more fruitful discussion amongst pupils. Hopefully, each activity we publish will generate some good ideas which we intend to add in a 'blog feedback' file to each activity.

Thanks also Dawn for your encouraging comments about Earth Learning Idea. It is great to know we have the support of the Earth Science Teachers' Association.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Quake Shake - will my home collapse?

Our first sample activity can now be viewed on our website. The activities page can be found here.

It is a simple investigation into why some buildings collapse when an earthquake strikes and why some do not.
It requires minimal equipment and will lead to lots of discussion.

Would this work for you? Please let us know what you think by emailing us ( or by clicking the 'comment' link below.