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    Marine Mystery: A Watery Who-dunnit!

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    Students learn about the causes of coral reef destruction by assuming various character roles in this marine murder-mystery. As they determine who killed Seymour Coral, students learn the basics of DNA testing. Suspects include global warming, sedimentation, and other threats facing coral reefs today. This activity is designed for 15 students, but can be modified for 12–24 students. A narrated PowerPoint that provides background information on coral reefs can be shared in advance in a separate lesson. The total class time for the PowerPoint, skit, and pre- and post-surveys is about 100 minutes. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary, Middle school

    Dust Bowl in the Classroom

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    This resource, based on the Ken Burns documentary "The Dust Bowl" presents targeted video segments from the series integrated into lesson activities to highlight subject matter themes and enhance student understanding of the historical period. In addition, The Dust Bowl lesson activities build students’ academic and critical thinking skills and provide opportunities culminating in projects such as documentaries, public forums, and digital storytelling. The lessons are combined with substantive content and standards-based activities. Educational levels: Middle school, High school, General public

    Applications of Chemistry Through Climate Science

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    These lessons are intended for a high school chemistry course as stand-alone topics embedded within existing chemistry curriculum. The goal is not to teach the entirety of climate change but rather to give students an understanding of chemistry through the lens of climate change. Additionally, it is intended to provide students with a better view of how science is done, what other careers are available for students besides "research scientist," and to connect their high school chemistry course with the real world. There are eight units within the module including: black carbon, pollution and aerosols, greenhouse gases, science and careers, isotopes and ice cores, ozone, societal impacts of climate change, and finding solutions to climate change. Each has a unique activity for the students (i.e. jigsaw reading, lab experiments, comic strips, Socratic seminar, etc) and any information given to students is visually-driven (pictures, animations, videos, etc). Educational levels: Middle school, High school

    Case Studies in Climate Change

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    This module is intended to be taught in an AP environmental science introductory unit and consists of 5 case studies. APES students choose one case based on their interest and work in a group to complete. Each case study includes an introduction with a news article or op-ed piece to start students thinking about their own opinions on the issue. Students then have time to research and build their background knowledge. Labs or activities are included to introduce students to methods used by scientists to study issues such as dendrochronology or ice core analysis. Students then analyze a real world set of data and create a presentation to present their findings to their class. Presentations include conclusions and recommendations for action to help solve the issue. Educational levels: Middle school, High school

    Comment on Enviropedia

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    There is no information about enviropedia publishing dates or authors on the actual pages presenting the information. This makes it hard for students to cite information references from data presented there. Authorship and publisher/dates should be on every one of the articles (or there should be a source tag you can click on) on each of the pages. Thanks!

    Climate Change: Lines of Evidence

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    The National Research Council is pleased to present a video that explains how scientists have arrived at the current state of knowledge about recent climate change and its causes. This content mirrors the full-length Climate Change: Lines of Evidence video, here broken down into seven distinct chapters for easier viewing. Educational levels: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

    Teacher in the Air: Dr. Diane's Flight with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters

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    As a NOAA Teacher in the Air, Stanitski flew aboard the NOAA P-3 hurricane hunter (nicknamed "Miss Piggy") during the 2005 East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour. The book covers the hurricane research that is conducted aboard the aircraft, including the deployment of dropsondes, instruments that measure weather conditions within a hurricane. One of the purposes of the book is to help teachers and their students become more aware of actions they can take to prepare for hurricanes and protect themselves and their families. It is written at the middle school science level and was reviewed and edited by middle school science teachers and scientists. Its content includes science and math activities, a glossary of terms and full-color images. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Primary elementary

    A Decision Support System for Monitoring, Reporting, and Forecasting Ecological Conditions of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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    This project represents a collaborative multi-agency effort to support decision-making for the A.T. by providing a coherent framework for data integration, monitoring, reporting and forecasting. The A.T.-DSS integrates NASA multi-platform sensor data, NASA Terrestrial Observation and Prediction System (TOPS) models, and in situ measurements from A.T. MEGA-Transect partners to address the management issues of the A.T. environment. The A.T.-DSS focuses on primary vital signs of phenology and climate, forest health and landscape dynamics, among others. Educational levels: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional, General public

    Bytesize Science: Chemistry On Mars: The Curiosity Rover's Mission to Uncover Martian Habitability

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    NASA's Jet Propulsion and Mars Science Laboratories provide a detailed look "under the hood" of the Mars Curiosity Rover, explaining the role of the analytical chemistry instruments found onboard Curiosity. Curiosity's primary mission goal is to determine the habitability of the Gale Crater, which scientists believe was once filled with water. Curiosity is basically an entire chemistry lab packed into a one mobile unit, equipped with the tools necessary to test the chemical composition of soil. Experiments to determine mineralogy and chemical composition of Mars are explained. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, General public

    Coastal Conservation Network (CCN)

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    The Coastal Conservation Network, (CCN), is a non-profit organization founded by Garry Brown, summer 2011, with an objective to facilitate nonprofits to effectively communicate with the public, collaborate on programs and projects, and enhance the voice of the marine environmental community on a global scale through the use of new technology and the social media. Educational levels: Graduate or professional

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