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Traditional NADS Scum Run
The North American Diatom Symposium (NADS) takes place every two years and features an unusual academic sporting event. One description, from 1993, recounts that: "relay teams of three diatomists were required to run along the beach wearing chest waders, identifying diatoms shown in photographs along the way." The instructor could have students identify photographs of thin sections, or microfossils, or answer questions or even do simple lab tests. Use different samples for each player. The important feature is the relay race format, which means all three players contribute to the effort and that the students need to get out of their chairs and move around a little. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Assessment / Evaluation
    • Guide for instructor
  • Biology
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Mineralogy or petrology
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DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-500
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Author: North American Diatom Symposium

Editor: R. E. Teed