Letting students ask the questions -- and answer them
For this high school science teacher, learning science means doing science. A look at an inquiry-based earth and environmental science classroom.
All about life
A primary curriculum based around life and environmental science draws on children's natural curiosity to teach reading, math, and more. For students to be successful in the science curriculum, they must study science through "hands-on" experiences. I use their past experiences as well as present experiences that I help to create to teach the curriculum. Many children today have never climbed a tree, walked in the woods, or waded in a stream, and I think that is sad. When they have the opportun
Late Blight Life Cycle
This model of the lateblight life cycle in potatoes allows students to simulate the effects of environmental variables on the Phytopthora infestans life cycle. Crop scientists frequently use simulations to try to convince themselves and others of the reasonableness of a new control method. They can use simulation results to support their claims.
Pfiesteria Life Cycle
This simulation allows students to manipulate environmental variables in a life cycle model of a normally benign dinoflagellate to produce an outbreak of its toxic form. The dinoflagellate Pfiesteria piscicidais an intriguing microbe with complex interactions that has been linked to large fish kills in the waters of North Carolina and the Chesapeake Bay. Examine the effect of environmental variables associated with outbreaks such as flooding and fish density with a model of the Pfiesteria life
This course looks at all forms that energy exists. It explains how energy is used in: transport, agriculture, industry, commerce and households. It describes how energy is stored using storage systems such as: battery, flywheels, compressed air, chemical energy systems and pumped storage. This course explains the problem of depletion of energy resources. It describes the environmental damage associated with the use of fossil fuels, acid rains, dangers posed by leaded fuels, oil spills, gas leaks
Translating Climate Change Science into Public Policy - US Foreign Policy After 9/11
US Foreign Policy after 9/11 - Spring 2006. Panel with: Lars-Erik Liljelund, Director-General of the Swedish Environmental protection Agency (Naturvardsverket) Arild Moe, Deputy Director of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo, Norway. This course provides an opportunity to study and discuss issues and events having recent international impact and/or interest. The course will present a multidisciplinary perspective on specific subjects with the intent of linking students with the scholars and s
Uncertainty in Engineering Analysis
This course on uncertainty in engineering analysis can also be referred to as probability and statistics for engineers. In particular, we will deal with the applications of probability and statistics to problems related to civil and environmental engineering.
EPA Student Center
This site contains dozens of environmental science resources for students as well as online reference materials.
Environmental Landfill Management
Lesson objectives: Students will be able to identify what a pollutant is and its affects on the environment. The students will demonstrate knowledge of the vocabulary used in environmental management by the DOE and other federal agencies. The students will attain a basic understanding of waste problems within our environment and the fundamental concepts of the laws of nature, science, physics, and engineering. Students will construct and operate a small-scale leach-bed barrier system.
People of the Arctic
This video segment adapted from the National Film Board of Canada explores how the Inuit people have adapted their traditions and ways of life to changing environmental realities. The video features archival footage and interviews in Native languages.
In this What's Up in the Environment? video segment, learn how various indicator species are used to monitor the environmental condition of the Everglades.
Pea Soup Ponds
In this activity, students will learn how water can be polluted by algal blooms. They will grow algae with different concentrations of fertilizer or nutrients and analyze their results as environmental engineers working to protect a local water resource.
Engineering for the Earth
Young students are introduced to the complex systems of the Earth through numerous lessons on the Earth's natural resources, processes, weather, climate and landforms. Key earth science topics include rocks, soils and minerals, water and natural resources, weather patterns and climatic regions, wind, erosion, landforms, and the harvesting of fossil fuels all presented from an engineering point-of-view. (See the Unit Overview section for a list of topics by lesson.) Through many hands-on activiti
Where Does All the Water Go?
The best way for students to understand how groundwater flows is to actually see it. In this activity, students will learn the vocabulary associated with groundwater and see a demonstration of groundwater flow. Students will learn about the measurements that environmental engineers need when creating ...
In this unit, students explore the various roles of environmental engineers, including: environmental cleanup, water quality, groundwater resources, surface water and groundwater flow, water contamination, waste disposal and air pollution. Specifically, students learn about the factors that affect water ...
Rolling Blackouts & Environmental Impact: What are our Electricity Options?
The goal is for the students to understand the environmental design considerations required when generating electricity. The electric power that we use every day at home and work is generated by a variety of power plants. Power plants are engineered to utilize the conversion of one form of energy to another. The main components of a power plant are an input source of energy that is used to turn large turbines, and a method to convert the turbine rotation into electricity. The input sources of en
GPS Treasure Hunt
This game is actually an on-campus field lab that has students using directions and a GPS receiver to make their way from one stop to the next. At each stop, they identify a building stone (or tree for an environmental studies or plant biology class). If possible, have the students work in small groups, ...
Environmental Science Cases Created by LifeLines Workshop Participants (Title altered)
This site contains a list of Ecology/Environmental Science projects, or case modules, created by Lifelines OnLine workshops (LLOL) participants. These cases are grouped by topic. Most cases are still undergoing field testing and may be updated. The user can link to each case on the list.
Environment Matters - Quiz
Ten questions for you on environmental terms.
Ecological Footprint Teacher's Manual: Thinking Critically about Environmental Impacts throughout Hi
"Thinking Critically about Environmental Impacts throughout History" is a workshop developed for history and social studies teachers who want to incorporate the scientific and social aspects of using renewable resources into classroom teaching. Through the Ecological Footprint framework, educators learn how to help students understand cumulative environmental impacts. Redefining Progress developed the Ecological Footprint Teacher's Manual to make this curriculum available for self-paced training