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Exploring the Environment
This is the home site for the online series of Exploring the Environment (ETE). Exploring The Environment features an integrated approach to environmental earth science through modules and activities. The vision of the ETE online series is to promote science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship. The modules and activities incorporate environmental issues such as water quality, deforestation, biodiversity, volcanoes, ozone depletion, and global climate change. Standard problem-solving models, online resources that include relevant satellite imagery, and recommendations for extended inquiry are available to students. Student-directed research generally lasts a minimum of five weeks but often extends throughout the semester. Working cooperatively or individually, students engage in problem-based modules and activities that require them to formulate problem statements; to collect and analyze data; and then to prepare and present their findings, solutions, or recommendations. These findings, solutions, or recommendations should demonstrate students' understanding and awareness of the dynamics of physical, biological and socio-economic variables. The ETE modules can augment existing science courses, and they are interdisciplinary in nature, so that they can also be used in courses such as economics, social studies, and history. Teachers interested in using this site will have to register for a free password, in order to gain access to the Teacher's Pages.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-386
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Robert Myers
NASA Classroom of the Future_