The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC offers ‘A Year of Destruction’

Mar 30, 2015 by

It’s been a shaky year at the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College.

“A Year of Destruction,” a yearlong exhibition featuring earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters, is well under way and will last through September 2015.

The program offers a series of disaster-related shows and exhibits, including “When the Earth Shakes,” a collection of interactive stations that show the science of earthquakes and earthquake-resistant engineering.

earthquake graphicVisitors can jump on the Quake Karaoke platform and try to replicate the motions of three different historic earthquakes; make waves crash on a “beach” in the 16-foot-long Tsunami Tank; complete the plate tectonic Puzzled Earth before time runs out and the pieces fall; spin through geologic history to make continents move and reform; see where global earthquakes happen on the real-time Seismic Monitor; and be an engineer who designs and builds structures to withstand earthquakes on the Shake Table.

In Earthquake Theater, visitors can view five, fast-paced videos showing scientists and engineers working together to make the world safer during earthquakes. They can watch footage of real quakes and find out what causes them, and see how engineers use amazing tools and technology to test and improve building techniques and materials.

The corresponding dome theater show, “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet,” provides a sweeping geological journey that explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.

After a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault, the film takes the audience back in time to experience San Francisco’s infamous 1906 earthquake.

Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth’s story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons — and how geological activity influences the course of human history. Finally, it shows how scientists and engineers help society prepare for a safer future.

Throughout the year at the TJC science center, academic experts and scholars will also present Public Science Lecture Series programs on a variety of timely, interesting topics related to science and education.

The Center for Earth & Space Science Education at TJC is located at 1411 E. Lake St. For more information, go to or call 903-510-2312.



Fall/Winter 2014-2015, On Campus

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