ODI is in classrooms for two projects this month, piloting materials. For Real World, Real Science, teachers are piloting materials that build on the LabVenture experience their students had at GMRI's Cohen Center. For Zoom In! Learning Science with Data, high school Earth Science teachers are trying out our 3 modules:
- Climate: How is Climate Really Changing?
Using the NOAA dataset on Global & US annual temperature over 120 years, students identify long-term trends in their home state, across the US, and globally, then forecast future temperatures. Students will be asked to rebut a false claim about climate change using evidence, in a writing task. (NGSS core idea: ESS3.D Global Climate Change)
- Plate Tectonics: What South American city is at greatest risk of a major earthquake?
Using the USGS dataset on Significant Earthquakes in South America, 1820-2018, students analyze historical data on earthquakes, infrastructure, and population in six countries to determine the region of highest risk. Students will write a memo to the mayor of the city they think is at greatest risk from a major earthquake, and cite evidence to support their claim. (NGSS core idea: ESS2.B Plate Tectonics and Lg-scale system interactions)
- Exoplanets: Where will we find the next Earth?
Using the NASA dataset, Exoplanet Archive, Kepler Objects of interest, students analyze data to identify the three most promising “Earth-like” planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler Telescope. Students will recommend to NASA which exoplanet is the best choice for further exploration in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth, using data as evidence to support their claim. (NGSS core idea: ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System)
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