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Virtual Courseware for Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Virtual Courseware Project produces interactive online simulations to help enhance the learning and teaching of geology and other Earth and environmental science topics. Each lab provides a brief introduction to the topic and a quiz to assess understanding of the material. Materials include an activity in which seismic waves are used to determine the magnitude of an earthquake and to locate its epicenter (also available in Spanish), and an activity that introduces students to global warming and climate change caused by natural and human factors. There is also an activity about geologic time and dating, and a set of interactive exercises designed to help students learn about river processes such as discharge, flooding, and flood frequency.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
Subject:
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Java
Flash player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005 Virtual Courseware Project. All Rights Reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-614
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Dr Gary A Novak
Department of Geology
California State University at Los Angeles

Publisher: Virtual Courseware Project
http://www.sciencecourseware.org/