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Garden Science: Drop in the Bucket
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In this 6th grade science class, students consider how they use water in their daily lives and learn that water is a nonrenewable resource in a closed system.

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Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Hydrology Service-Learning at UVM
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At the University of Vermont, instructors used land use change, driven by development of the University of Vermont campus and recent student occupancy of surrounding neighborhoods in Burlington, Vermont, as an opportunity for service learning and for teaching fundamental hydrologic and geologic skills. Students from a Geomorphology class, Geohydrology class and student senior research projects all worked on the preoject. In each of these studies, students worked closely with City and University staff and presented results at local forums, professional national meeting, and on the World Wide Web. These service-learning projects have received positive feedback from the students, city officals, and community members.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Hydrology
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, SERC, based on courses taught by Prof. Paul Bierman , Geology Dept., University of Vermont.
Date Added:
11/07/2014
The Lifestyle Project at West Chester University of Pennsylvania
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This five-week project asks students to examine the environmental outcomes of their lifestyle choices, to investigate and try out more sustainable choices, and to write about their experiences.

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Ecology
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Tim Lutz
Date Added:
08/28/2012
The Lifestyle Project at the University of North Dakota
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I use the Lifestyle Project in my Introduction to Environmental Issues class. This 3-week project asks students to make changes to their everyday environmental habits. This helps students realize that they have control of their lives and they can make decisions and make changes if they want to. And, given this empowerment, students can think about their impacts on Earth and their obligations to the planet and our society.

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Ecology
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Dexter Perkins
Date Added:
08/28/2012
The Lifestyle Project at the University of Redlands
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This three-week project begins with a measurement of "baseline" consumptive behavior followed by two weeks of working to reduce the use of water, energy, high-impact foods, and other materials. The assignment uses an Excel spreadsheet that calculates direct energy and water use as well as indirect CO2 and water use associated with food consumption.

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Ecology
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Author:
Chris Sinton
Date Added:
08/28/2012
Soggy Soil Sours Egyptian Sandstones
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This article from Geotimes examines the threat posed by rising groundwater to ancient Egyptian monuments. The problem has several sources, including the rise of Egypt's water table over the last 30 years, the prevention of freshwater floods through the cities where the monuments stand, and leaking or non-existing sewage systems. Various solutions are also examined.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Christina Reed
Geotimes
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans
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Students use spreadsheets to analyze the reasons why New Orleans has subsided in the past 250 years.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Geology
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Tom Juster
Date Added:
11/06/2014