Andrea Aust

Andrea is the Senior Manager of Science Education for KQED. In addition to QUEST, she's had the pleasure of coordinating education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures and the four-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Prior to KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter at @KQEDaust.

Will Robots Replace Us At Work?

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Should Animals Be Kept in Zoos?

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Should Teens Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?

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Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?

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Educator Guide: Exploring Earthquakes

What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with our collection of videos and infographics co-produced with KQED, originally designed with middle and high school educators in mind. You and your students will learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can

Exploring Earthquakes

Geological processes shape life on Earth. They affect its surface, the evolution and distribution of our planet's species, and impact people's lives. Within the past century, scientists have gained significant knowledge about these processes and why earthquakes occur. They've learned that Earth's surface, made up of plates, is constantly moving and

San Francisco Bay Area Earthquakes and Faults

Most earthquakes happen along plate boundaries. Many of these locations are also where mountain building or volcanic activity occurs. Certain areas, sometimes referred to as earthquake belts, are more prone to earthquakes. One belt runs northward through the western Pacific Ocean, across the Aleutian Islands, and then down the western

Measuring Earthquakes: Intensity and Magnitude

Scientists measure both the energy released in an earthquake and its damage. In 1902, Italian scientist Giuseppe Mercalli introduced a scale that measures the intensity of an earthquake based on its effects on people and structures. A modified version of his scale is still in use today. The 12-point Modified

Building for Earthquakes

An earthquake forecast for the State of California was released by USGS, Southern California Earthquake Center and the California Geological Survey in 2008. It states that there is a greater than 99% probability that one or more earthquakes of at least a 6.7 magnitude will occur in California over

How to Find the Epicenter of an Earthquake

Scientists use triangulation to find the epicenter of an earthquake. When seismic data is collected from at least three different locations, it can be used to determine the epicenter by where it intersects. Every earthquake is recorded on numerous seismographs located in different directions. Each seismograph records the times when

Hands-On Earthquake Activities for the Classroom

California is earthquake country. For engineers, that means they need to build buildings and bridges that can stand up to the destructive power of earthquakes. But engineers can't just wait around for the next big one to hit. Instead, they use a giant shaking table to simulate earthquakes. Your