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CoVis is a community of thousands of students, over a hundred teachers, and dozens of researchers all working to improve science education in middle and high schools. They do this by approaching the learning of science more like the doing of science: rather than depend on the teaching of facts, they seek to reproduce the question-centered, collaborative practices of scientists, using advanced communication ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Project, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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This project is a series of interrelated modules designed to introduce the student to modern biological techniques in the area of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. By completing this project, students will be exposed to the tools and databases currently used by researchers in molecular biology, and will gain a better ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Project
Subject: Biology
 
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This exercise was developed for a paleoclimatology course in order to educate graduate students about the availability of archived paleoclimate data and provide them with the opportunity to perform analyses of these data at a near-professional level. Two datasets are accessed, one from Vostok Station, Antarctica and the other from Greenland (GRIP database). The databases are not directly comparable ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Project
Subject: Climatology, Cryology
 
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This innovative project offers a way for students to learn about environmental alternatives by modifying their own lifestyles. It is a three-week exercise for students to reduce their impact on the environment by changing the way in which they live from day to day. This website contains an article about the Lifestyle Project and all the materials needed to teach the project. Materials include a baseline ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Project, Journal article
Subject: Environmental science
 
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The Inquiry Page is a dynamic virtual community where inquiry-based education can be discussed, resources and experiences shared, and innovative approaches explored in a collaborative environment. The site features a growing database of inquiry units, and you can also build your own inquiry units. The database of exisiting units covers a range of topics from the sciences as well as the humanities. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Project, Report, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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This website provides resources for teachers who are looking for methods to incorporate student research projects into their teaching. The site provides several case studies of how research has been incorporated into courses such as structural geology, hydrology and geography. For each example, the teacher has provided their methods, results, tips, and references. In some cases the assignment is provided. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Project, Abstract / Summary
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Human geography, Geology, Structural geology, Hydrology
 
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This virtual five-day field mapping project allows students to construct a geological map from data provided by the web site. Students collect geologic, structural, paleontologic, strain and microstructural data observed at specific localities. Students are then able to derive a structural history for the area, including a field map, stereographs, and deformation plots. The site contains photographs ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Field trip - virtual, Project
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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Skills: Read (1)
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This website features NASA and Arizona State University's Mars Education Program, which offers students the opportunity to be involved in authentic Mars research. Students and teachers are able to perform an in-depth analysis of a site on Mars using the THEMIS visible wavelength camera onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The website features everything that is necessary for teams of students in grades ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Project, Photograph, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Space science
 
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The goal of the Nebraska Earth Science Education Network is to improve linkages between K-12 educators and earth science resources. This website contains many useful features for students and educators alike. A large array of teaching material can be found under the lessons link. Lesson plans, activities, projects and instructor guides are organized by subject matter and grade level. There are also ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Curriculum, Guide for instructor, Project, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Climatology, Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology, Policy issues, Soil science
 
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The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free on-line science learning environment for students in grades 4-12. In WISE, students work on exciting inquiry projects on topics such as genetically modified foods, earthquake prediction, and the deformed frogs mystery. Students learn about and respond to contemporary scientific controversies through designing, debating, and critiquing solutions, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Module / Unit, Project, Tutorial, Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science, Geology, Natural hazards, Physics
 
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