8th Graders “Meet” with Geologist

Last Thursday, Dr. Aron Meltzner joined two 8th grade science classes to answer questions about the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. What made this visit different from other scientists and experts that have spoken to KSMS students is that Dr. Meltzner joined us via Skype from California. Using a classroom LCD projector and a high definition web camera, Dr. Meltzner was able to appear remotely in class and interact with the students.

8th grade students have been studying geology and the recent earthquake had brought their studies into the forefront of the news. Filled with questions, the students were eager to have the opportunity to speak with an expert in the field. Dr. Meltzner, who is currently a fellow at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and a graduate from the California Institute of Technology, has been studying the effects of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

Students asked a variety of questions ranging from why the earthquake in Japan was so powerful to what is the impact of the radiation for those in the area. Students also were curious about the recent number of powerful earthquakes that we have seen. We greatly appreciated the time that Dr. Meltzner took to speak with us and also appreciated his willingness to send us answers to questions that we ran out of time to cover “live.”