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Bubbling Plants
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Students learn a simple technique for quantifying the amount of photosynthesis that ...

Students learn a simple technique for quantifying the amount of photosynthesis that occurs in a given period of time, using a common water plant (Elodea). They can use this technique to compare the amounts of photosynthesis that occur under conditions of low and high light levels. Before they begin the experiment, however, students must come up with a well-worded hypothesis to be tested. After running the experiment, students pool their data to get a large sample size, determine the measures of central tendency of the class data, and then graph and interpret the results.

Subject:
Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Mary R. Hebrank
Changes Ahoof: Could Climate Change Affect Arctic Caribou?
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Students run a simplified computer model to explore how climate conditions can ...

Students run a simplified computer model to explore how climate conditions can affect caribou, the most abundant grazing animal in the Arctic.

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Biology
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
The Changing Geographic Distribution of Malaria with Global Climate Warming
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This activity engages students in the analysis of climate data to first ...

This activity engages students in the analysis of climate data to first find areas in the southern United States that are now close to having conditions in which the malaria parasite and its mosquito hosts thrive and then attempt to forecast when areas might become climatically suitable.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Kendra Murray
Mary Savina
Digest Your Food!
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In a multi-week experiment, student teams gather biogas data from the mini-anaerobic ...

In a multi-week experiment, student teams gather biogas data from the mini-anaerobic digesters that they build to break down different types of food waste with microbes. Using plastic soda bottles for the mini-anaerobic digesters and gas measurement devices, they compare methane gas production from decomposing hot dogs, diced vs. whole. They monitor and measure the gas production, then graph and analyze the collected data. Students learn how anaerobic digestion can be used to biorecycle waste (food, poop or yard waste) into valuable resources (nutrients, biogas, energy).

Subject:
Engineering
Biology
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory,
Robert Bair, Ivy Drexler, Jorge Calabria, George Dick, Onur Ozcan, Matthew Woodham, Caryssa Joustra, Herby Jean, Emanuel Burch, Stephanie Quintero, Lyudmila Haralampieva, Daniel Yeh
Earth Exploration Toolbook Chapter: Visualizing Carbon Pathways
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This EET Chapter will introduce you to visualization capabilities available through NASA's ...

This EET Chapter will introduce you to visualization capabilities available through NASA's Earth Observatory. You'll build several animations of satellite data that illustrate carbon pathways through the Earth system. For instance, you'll build animations of fire images that indicate carbon is being released into the atmosphere. You'll also make animations of plant productivity images that indicate carbon is being removed from the atmosphere and locked into the biosphere. After you've built animations, you'll access another visualization tool to compare sets of other carbon-related data images by controlling their transparency.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
Author:
Ali Whitmer
Betsy Youngman
Bruce Caron
David Herring
Earth Exploration Toolbook
LuAnn Dahlman
Ray Tschillard
Exploring NCAR Climate Change Data Using GIS
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This Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter uses ArcGIS and climate data from the ...

This Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter uses ArcGIS and climate data from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Climate Change Scenarios GIS Data Portal to help users learn the basics of GIS-based climate modeling. The five-part exercise involves calculating summer average temperatures for the present day and future climate modeled output, visually comparing the temperature differences for the two model runs, and creating a temperature anomaly map to highlight air temperature increases or decreases around the world.

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Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Cathy Reznicek
Constantin Cranganu
David Smith
Jennifer Boehnert
Lawrence Buja
Michele Thornton
Olga Wilhelmi
The Great Algae Race
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In a multi-week experiment, student groups gather data from the photobioreactors that ...

In a multi-week experiment, student groups gather data from the photobioreactors that they build to investigate growth conditions that make algae thrive best. Using plastic soda bottles, pond water and fish tank aerators, they vary the amount of carbon dioxide (or nutrients or sunlight, as an extension) available to the microalgae. They compare growth in aerated vs. non-aerated conditions. They measure growth by comparing the color of their algae cultures in the bottles to a color indicator scale. Then they graph and analyze the collected data to see which had the fastest growth. Students learn how plants biorecycle carbon dioxide into organic carbon (part of the carbon cycle) and how engineers apply their understanding of this process to maximize biofuel production.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory,
Robert Bair, Ivy Drexler, Jorge Calabria, George Dick, Onur Ozcan, Matthew Woodham, Caryssa Joustra, Herby Jean, Emanuel Burch, Stephanie Quintero, Lyudmila Haralampieva, Daniel Yeh
Mapping Mangroves
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Mapping mangroves is a project dedicated to preservation and understanding of the ...

Mapping mangroves is a project dedicated to preservation and understanding of the world's mangrove forests. Through the use of Ushahidi, an open source project that allows for users to crowdsource data, participants will report their findings.

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OER Commons
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Open Author Resources
Author:
Chris Dubia
Joel Long
Daniel Baldwin
Researching to Deepen Understanding Grade 7: Water
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This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding ...

This unit approaches research as an iterative inquiry process for deepening understanding of a topic in order to develop an evidence-based perspective. The unit framework, handouts, and tools are designed to work with any topic across all disciplines. A topic resource repository about water is also provided to help teachers model the process with a rich selection of sources, as well as model tools and inquiry questions.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
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Provider:
Odell Education