Ring of Fire: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis

by  The Mariners' Museum

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The Ring of Fire is a tectonically active zone that causes frequent and devastating natural disasters. In such a geologically dynamic area, mariners must be innovative when designing boats and ships. Powerful tectonic forces, like tsunamis, frequently damage boats and ships near the shoreline. In this program, students will be challenged to design a tsunami-proof boat model from simple household items. To prepare for the challenge, the Museum educator will review the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

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Point to Point: $125.00
By Request: $125.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8

Minimum participants:

no minimum

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

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The Mariners' Museum

Newport News, VA
United States

The Mariners’ Museum is located in Newport News, Virginia, but our educational reach extends far beyond our physical doors. Just as Man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.
The Mariners' Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, houses a treasure trove of more than 35,000 items inspired by human experiences with the sea.

Harriet Smith

Program Details


1. Students review what the Ring of Fire is and where it is located.
2, Students discuss the causes and effects of earth quakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.
3. Students are challenged to think about how they would design a boat that could withstand a tsunami.
4. Students examine boat designs from other cultures for inspirations.
5. Educator takes students through the steps of how to conduct this challenge at home.


- Student will learn the layers of the earth, theory of tectonic plate movement, three types of plate boundaries.
- Students will learn about geological activity at plate boundaries (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides).
- Students will learn how natural disasters affect people globally.
- Students will learn how humans can create unique designs to survive natural disasters.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards:
Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1- 2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 5-ESS2-1
Middle: MS-PS3-2, MS-PS4-2, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2

Principles of Ocean Literacy:
1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth 5) The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

State Standards

Virginia Science: (2018)
Elementary: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.8
Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4 (b,c), 6.6f, PS.1, PS.5b, PS.6, PS.8