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12 months ago by Kate Boersen

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East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) is celebrating its first birthday.

East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) is a collaborative project aimed at fostering new research to increase the understanding of the Hikurangi plate boundary and associated natural hazards like earthquakes and tsunami.  At the same time, it encourages the public to become engaged in science by making it easy and exciting to learn more about natural hazards and the risks of living life at the boundary.

Since the project launched last year it has worked to coordinate numerous scientific research projects that are trying to understand more about the Hikurangi plate boundary and sharing new scientific learnings with the community through checking out this website.

East Coast LAB Project Coordinator, Kate Boersen says “The more we can understand about the Hikurangi plate Boundary, the largest earthquake and tsunami hazard source in New Zealand, the better we can be prepared.”

She says she has been working alongside schools and communities groups to engage them in the scientific research by developing a series of citizen science projects, science talks and hands-on science education sessions.

So far more than 550 school children have participated in the Life at the Boundary education programme at the LAB, a natural hazards education space at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The LAB was officially opened a year ago and also celebrates its first birthday.

The education programme gives students a chance to uncover more about earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions. They learn about scientists’ latest discoveries and become scientists themselves creating their very own tsunami and volcanic eruption.

“The students really enjoy using the tsunami wave tank to simulate tsunami, mixing the various ingredients to create their own volcano and build examples of strong and weak houses to see which is strongest in an earthquake” says Kate Boersen