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.

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

What Influences Your Dietary Choices?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: Healthy Eating Tips: Do We Control Our Food Choices? (Rutgers Today) “Food framing” is a strategy of food vendors to attract consumers to specific food choices. Do Now U What influences your dietary choices? #DoNowUDiet How to Do Now To respond to the Do Now U, you

How Seismic Waves Cause Damage During an Earthquake

An earthquake generates a series of seismic waves that travel through the interior or near the surface of the Earth. There are four types of seismic waves. How will three identically engineered buildings react to an earthquake on different types of substrate? The first set of waves to be detected by seismographs

Meet the Top Youth Teams from #EngineerThat

We recently invited youth from California and beyond to submit their ideas for solving problems in their communities as part of KQED's #EngineerThat student media challenge. With the help of the Teen Think Tank from the California Academy of Sciences, we chose our top five favorite

Is Milk Good or Bad for You?

Featured Media Resource: VIDEO: The Chocolate Milk Debate (ABC News) Learn about the potentially negative effects of high-calorie, high-sugar chocolate milk in elementary school lunchrooms, forcing us to rethink age-old beliefs on the health value of milk. Do Now U Do the potential health risks of drinking milk outweigh its

Celebrating Bay Area Women in STEM

From Dorothy Hodgkins, who made advances in X-ray crystallography and discovered many biochemical structures including penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin, to Maria Goeppert Mayer's work that led to the the first advanced model of the atomic nucleus, women have made major contributions to many scientific fields. And there are amazing

Bay Area Women in Engineering

It's “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!” Meet some inspiring women in engineering—right here in the Bay Area. Alishia Ballard, civil engineer Alishia Ballard is a civil engineer with San Francisco Public Works. One of the things she likes most about being an engineer is being able to help people by working