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Beartooth Highway Field Trip and Activities
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During the course of the day, students examine the high-grade metasupracrustal rocks, related gneisses, and the late Archean granitoids and mafic dikes. We have prepared a number of exercises that might be done with classes at different levels. Depending on the background and preparation of your class you might want to emphasize different learning skills specific to the class level: observation, interpretation, integration (i.e. multiple lines of evidence focused on a given problem), and synthesis (i.e. relationship to the "big picture", drawing from the corpus of geologic knowledge). We have also prepared a compilation of our key scientific results, but these are under seal and we'd like you to do the exercises first as if you were students before taking a look at the supporting evidence.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Darrell Henry
Dave Mogk
Date Added:
12/30/2020
Bedform mapping in a coastal environment
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To prepare for this activity, students receive background on bedforms and flow regimes in class and practice identifying and classifying bedforms from field photographs. Students are then given a map of a barrier beach/inlet/tidal delta complex in mid-coast Maine and asked to predict what bedforms they expect to find in specific sub-environments. During a subsequent field trip to the area, students observe, classify and map bedforms and relate them qualitatively to formative flows. Qualitative description and classification are supplemented by quantitative measurements of bedform morphology and orientation, and by GPS-located digital photographs. After the trip, students compare their predictions and observations of bedforms in the sub-environments, reflecting on the reasons for the differences and the evolution of their thinking. The exercise also serves to set the stage for subsequent quantitative studies of bedforms and bedload transport, as well as interpretation of sedimentary structures and clastic depositional environments in the geological record.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Peter Lea
Date Added:
09/23/2022
A Beginner's Guide to High-Performance Computing
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This module presents some of the general ideas behind and basics principles of high-performance computing (HPC) as performed on a supercomputer. These concepts should remain valid even as the technical specification of the latest machines continually change. Although this material is aimed at HPC supercomputers, if history be a guide, present HPC hardware and software become desktop machines in less than a decade.

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Education
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Module
Provider:
Shodor
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CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Rubin Landau
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Calculating Species Diversity
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Biodiversity is a useful measure to help us understand the range of diverse species that make up our ecosystems! Calculating Species Diversity is an interactive tutorial that walks learners through the different types of species diversity and how to calculate them. Additionally, learners will gain an understanding on how human activities negatively impact biodiversity and how they can help alleviate the side effects of these actions.

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Life Science
Ecology
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Interactive
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Author:
Jake Arakawa
Date Added:
04/15/2021
Chemical Weathering
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This tombstone weathering lab is designed to provide students with tangible understanding of chemical weathering and weathering rates. To prepare for this lab, students will have learned in previous labs to identify common minerals and rocks and will have attended lectures about the process of chemical weathering. During the first part of the lab we travel to the city cemetery to collect data on the age and extent of chemical weathering of tombstones that are made of limestone and igneous rocks. After collecting data for ~1 hour, we return to the computer lab where students use Microsoft Excel to analyze and interpret their data. Their task is to calculate a chemical weathering rate for limestone for our region and compare that rate to those from other regions. This activity gives students experience in the process of scientific inquiry: data collection, data analysis and data interpretation. Students develop Microsoft Excel skills: writing formulas, producing charts, understanding trendlines and R2 values.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Kira Lawrence
Date Added:
08/21/2019
Columbia Plateau North Cascades National Park and vicinity to Whidbey Island WA
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This transect across northern Washington State was one of our most geologically and biologically diverse field trips. The trip started with a drive across the relatively uniform basalt flows of the Columbia plateau and then traversed the extremely geologically complex North Cascades accessible from a scenic route through the small, and relatively less-traveled, North Cascades National Park. Steep gradients in elevation annual precipitation and winter temperatures revealed equally dramatic changes in vegetation from cold desert shrub lands to temperate coastal rain forests. Like previous trips, this one allowed students to observe glacial processes up close and trace the history of plant succession as glaciers retreat.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Jennifer Thomson
Date Added:
04/05/2022
Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast to Northern California
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This trip followed the Columbia River across the basalt flows of the Columbia Plateau through the Columbia Gorge that bisects the Cascade Range and then turned south along Oregons spectacular coastline. The opportunities to integrate biology and geologic processes were limited only by time as students explored the plant and animal life of rocky and sandy beaches dune fields and coastal forests. The southernmost portion of the trip extended from Crescent City, CA (site of the 1964 tsunami) through the Klamath Mountains on the Oregon/California boundary one of the most geologically dynamic landscapes in North America. The tectonic history of the region with its resulting shifts in climate patterns and merging of previously isolated land forms along with an unusual abundance of ultramafic rocks have driven the evolution of one of the most diverse floras in North American populations of carnivorous Darlingtonia (Pitcher plants) provided a dramatic example of the unusually large number of plant species endemic to the serpentine soils of this region.

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Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Jennifer Thomson
Date Added:
04/05/2022
Depositional Environments of the Jordan Formation, Winona, MN
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This project involves a field trip to the Jordan Formation in Winona, MN. Student teams are assigned a section of the outcrop from which they are to determine a stratigraphic column. The class then performs a lateral analysis and builds a composite stratigraphic column for the formation. As a final product, the students write up the class's observations about the formation.

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Project Summary and Write-up Outline (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 115kB Jul7 05)
Instructor Notes for Project (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 91kB Jul7 05)
Outlines and Notes (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 1.1MB Jul7 05) for each class session for this project

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Tom Hickson
Date Added:
08/24/2019
Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity
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This module introduces students to the fundamental principles and uses of electrical resistivity, with a focus on an environmental application. Students explore the characteristics and environmental setting of Harrier Meadow, a saltmarsh just outside of New York City. They investigate the relationship between electrical resistivity and physical properties of the soil in the marsh. Students also discover how variations in survey configuration parameters control investigation depth (how far into the ground the signals sense) and spatial resolution (what size objects can be detected). Finally, students learn about and then perform geophysical inversion, which is the process of estimating the geophysical properties of the subsurface from geophysical observations. In the final unit of the module, students evaluate the extent to which the geophysical dataset and direct physical measurements support the hypothesis, introduced in Unit 1, accounting for the distribution of Pickleweed in Harrier Meadow.
This module is intended to require approximately 2-3 weeks of class time. Teaching material includes PowerPoints that may be used in lectures or provided for self-guided learning, exercises, and handouts that ask students to synthesize what they learn from the exercises. In addition, multiple choice and short answer questions can be given to students as homework, on quizzes, or on exams.

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Measurement and Data
Statistics and Probability
Chemistry
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Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
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Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity Lee Slater, Rutgers University - Newark [end rawhtml]
Date Added:
09/27/2022
Field Trip to Enfield Glen, NY Finger Lakes Region
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Ithaca NY is currently located in a tranquil mid-continental geologic setting. But Ithaca's past was anything but tranquil. Would you believe that we once sat beneath a mile-thick sheet of ice? Or that it was once the bottom of the ocean? In a zone of high seismic activity? Or volcanic eruptions? It's all true. On this field trip to Enfield Glen, in Upper Treman State Park, we will make measurements and observations that allow us to reconstruct some of the events in the geologic past of this locality. Was New York always on the east coast of North America? Come on, let's find out.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Alexandra Moore
Date Added:
09/08/2020
Field-oriented learning for earth science teachers
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In-service teachers learn about environmental geology and how to teach earth science using outdoor activities and resources near their schools.

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Module
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Tim Lutz
Date Added:
09/05/2019
A Flipped-Class Atmospheric Science Curriculum for Middle School Educators
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Members of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-referenced with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. It introduces students to topics such as temperature, pressure, severe weather safety, climate change, and air pollution through short instructional videos and critical thinking activities. A goal of this project is to provide middle school science educators with resources to teach while fostering early development of math and science literacy. The work is funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award. For a complete list of learning modules and to learn more about the curriculum, visit https://www.atmos.illinois.edu/~nriemer/education.html

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Module
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University of Illinois
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University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Science
Author:
Dr. Nicole Riemer
Eric Snodgrass
Tyra Brown
Date Added:
08/01/2016
A Geologic Walk Down the Grand Staircase
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This is a 10-day field experience class that focuses on the geology of the Grand Staircase of the Colorado Plateau, culminating in a rim-to-rim backpack trip across the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

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Module
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Date Added:
09/05/2019
Low Migration UV Coatings: Use of polymeric Photo Initiators, Performance analysis and feasibility aspects
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A general overview of ultraviolet radiation curing polymerization low migration composition and testing is presented. Performance properties studies in industrial applications are discussed. Several points are investigated in detail: Industrial photo initiators types , photo curing mechanism, short overview of normal photo initiators and photosensitizers, chemistry of polymeric photo initiators , examples of applications in clear coatings usable as top coat in commercial & packaging industry

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Assessment
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Reading
Simulation
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Date Added:
10/18/2016
Melting Glaciers, Gravels and Groundwater
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A spectacular gravel quarry near Rotterdam Junction, New York along the north shore of the Mohawk River is an ideal place to discuss deglaciation history and the development of the ancestral Mohawk Delta building into former Lake Albany. The sedimentary petrology, sedimentary structures, and cementation history of the outwash gravel deposits can be discussed in detail at the outcrop. The 3-D exposures of partially cemented, cross-bedded gravels are representative of the surficial unconfined aquifer system which provides groundwater to many communities in the Schenectady area. The locality is easily accessible via Route 5 westbound, and is an excellent site for sample collection. I use specimens from this quarry as teaching tools in many of my geology classes.

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Module
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Dr. Paul Ryberg
Date Added:
08/27/2019
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Earth Materials and Ancient Cultures
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Students in a learning community that includes classics and geology complete labs involving rocks and minerals. The class meets at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a weekend; in groups, the students document and describe the earth materials displayed in art halls of ancient cultures. The following week reformed groups meet in class to compare and contrast their museum-based findings and explore the geological concepts that underlie the use of materials by ancient cultures (jigsaw assignment). It is assumed that students have some prior knowledge of the ancient cultures being studied at the museum through a paired course, assigned reading, or introductory lecture.

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Activity/Lab
Module
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Wayne Powell
Date Added:
08/30/2019
Module 12: Capstone Stage 5
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Module 12 is comprised of Stage 5 of the semester-long capstone project. In Stage 5, students compile, organize, summarize and synthesize the data and information they've collected through the semester about their assigned food region into a final website or presentation. As outlined in the diagram below, the final website (or presentation) should summarize the physical and human environment of the food region and assess the current status of the regional food system. Students must then discuss future scenarios for their region for temperature and human population growth. Based on their research on the regional food systems, students will assess the resilience and vulnerabilities of the exiting systems to the future scenarios. Finally, students will propose strategies to increase the sustainability and resilience of the regional food systems.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Gigi Richard
Date Added:
05/10/2019
An Open Source Model of a Parabolic Trough Solar Field
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Commercial simulation software for solar plants is readily available, but source codes are not. Many articles in the open literature give governing equations and algorithms for solar plant simulations, but adopters must program them themselves. This paper presents an open-source, ready-to-run, model of a parabolic trough solar field with a user-friendly interface in the Simulink® environment. The intention is to provide a foundational tool for the solar thermal research community, similar to the Tennessee Eastman Challenge Problem employed for chemical processes. The flow rate of the heat transfer fluid (HTF) and the angle of incidence are the manipulated variables of the model. The size of the solar field may be altered. Both open- and closed-loop responses to disturbances may be investigated. The source code of the model is freely available at the Open Educational Resource Commons, which investigators can utilize and extend.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Bosong Lin
Theodore Wiesner
Date Added:
01/29/2019
Optional Activity: Circulation in the atmosphere - a map and cross section based jigsaw
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In this optional activity, students analyze maps of wind patterns from three levels in the atmosphere in order to infer global atmospheric circulation patterns and their role in balancing the radiation budget they established in Units 4 and 5. The main activity is a jigsaw in which students explore a single map on their own prior to class, confer with their classmates in specialty groups, and then synthesize atmospheric circulation for an assigned latitudinal zone. In these synthesis groups, students create maps and cross-section concept sketches to use in a full class discussion at the end of class. A follow-up assignment asks students to infer the relationship between global atmospheric circulation patterns and precipitation and then predict possible consequences of changes in these patterns due to global warming.

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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Author:
Allison Dunn
Bob Mackay
Phil Resor
Date Added:
12/10/2021
Part 1: Sensory data collection protocol development
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In Part 1 of this unit, students will develop protocols for the collection of sensory data to address a guiding question. The data collected will consist of scents or sounds. The advantage of using sensory data is that students are equipped with the analytical equipment (ears and nose) and are familiar with its use. However, students may not have taken the time to consider the variety of perceptions that occur within a group of people who are sharing a sensory experience and the impact that variation can have when attempting to collect objective data to help characterize environmental problems.
Protocols are necessary to ensure consistency of data between collection points and between data collectors, and to link data collected to a research question. Protocols also serve as a record of the methodology used by an investigator that may be subject to scrutiny by subsequent data users or by anyone reading or using a report containing the data. Data collection in all scientific fields may be collected using protocols common within the field or developed by an investigator for use in a specific study.
Because sensory data is inherently qualitative and subjective, students will need to develop methods of quantification that ensure as much objectivity as possible. Likewise, scientists collecting field data may need to develop unique protocols that ensure that field data is collected in as objective a manner as possible.
Ideally, the unit will span two class sessions to allow for the gradual development of a data collection protocol and field plan.

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Subject:
Measurement and Data
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Activity/Lab
Module
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Kate Darby
Lisa Phillips
Michael Phillips
Date Added:
09/29/2022