BRIGHT Girls was a project to build broader participation in the sciences, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and funded by the National Science Foundation. We sought to increase students' motivation and capacity to pursue careers in STEM by engaging them in studies of nearby natural environments. The developed lesson plans may be used in formal or informal educational settings, e.g., in a summer academy or across multiple class periods. These investigations help students explore the relationships among life history and ecosystems, connecting biology to geology and remote sensing.
These resources are able to be used for a Climate Justice League focused on environmental justice. These resources highlight POC Environmental Leaders and the impact climate change has on certain communities. Use these tools to recreate a Climate Justice League or to discuss these issues with students.
This resource is for teachers to develop their knowledge around climate science along with NGSS-aligned teaching strategies . Teachers can learn more about the following climate change impacts: coastal hazards, fire, human health, floods & droughts, agriculture and species & ecosystems. Users should reference the "STEM Seminar Slides_Template" as a guide for a daylong training and use the other materials as supplemental information and resources.
Students learn what causes earthquakes, how we measure and locate them, and their effects and consequences. Through the online Earthquakes Living Lab, student pairs explore various types of seismic waves and the differences between shear waves and compressional waves. They conduct research using the portion of the living lab that focuses primarily on the instruments, methods and data used to measure and locate earthquakes. Using real-time U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data accessed through the living lab interface, students locate where earthquakes are occurring and how frequently. Students propose questions and analyze the real-world seismic data to find answers and form conclusions. They are asked to think critically about why earthquakes occur and how knowledge about earthquakes can be helpful to engineers. A worksheet serves as a student guide for the activity.
This is a template of a STEM Seminar training focused on energy production & consumption and the relationship to climate change. This training typically takes place over the course of two days. This resource is driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular the activities allow participants to practice various Science & Engineering Practices, such as "Analyzing and interpreting data." These resources also include a two-day agenda and a set of questions regarding the data.
Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality, a Teacher/Scientist Partnership experience. High school teachers engage with working scientists and engineers to for content learning for climate science and virtual reality and engage in follow-up sessions with professional development facilitators to develop pedagogical expertise for use in creating formative classroom tasks that are formative and productive. It is a three day initial workshop with four follow-up days to
1) deepen teacher understanding by learning with climate scientists to understand climate science standards content knowledge
2) increase awareness and knowledge of the use of virtual reality devices in climate science learning
30 to co-develop a climate science simulation game for use on Oculus Go devices with teachers, their students and a virtual reality scientist/engineer team
4) to develop and implement embedded formative classroom tasks that
complement climate science learning by using a relevant, place based phenomena, and provide insights into student thinking and productive next steps in learning.
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Exploring Climate Science With Virtual Reality Professional Learning Module by Georgia Boatman, ESD 123 and Peggy Willcuts PNNL is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
The purpose of the resource is to investigate changes in the major land cover types of Study Sites by examining Landsat satellite images acquired years apart.
- Environmental Science
- Material Type:
- Lesson Plan
- Teaching/Learning Strategy
- UCAR Staff
- Provider Set:
- GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
- The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
- Date Added:
These one-pagers provide background information, instructions, and virtual options for activities included in Washington Green Schools' STEM Seminars. These activities are appropriate for a variety of grade levels. Considering these resources are available for a wide audience, we’ve only included the standards for High School. These resources and activities are driven by the Next Generation Science Standards. In particular these activities allow students to practice various Science & Engineering Practices, such as "Analyzing and interpreting data." Teachers are encouraged to adjust these activites to meet the needs of their classroom.
The resources provided are presentation templates for STEM Seminar trainings, both virtual and in person. Teachers are able to use these templates and adjust to cover a range of different topics. Also included are agendas for said trainings. These agendas cover both in person and virtual meetings. These presentations are driven by the Next Generation Science Standards and include various Science & Engineering practices, such as "Developing and Using Models."
The high school earth and physical science unit moves through an exploration of tectonic plates, why and how they move, and the earthquakes that they cause. As the final project, teams learn about Early Warning Systems for earthquakes and how they have saved millions of lives in other countries. Teams take on a population in Oregon and design a ShakeAlert system to give them the seconds required to prepare for a mega earthquake.