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Constructing an Argument: Space
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Constructing an Argument: Space

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of space. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, questions, space
Constructing an Argument: Climate
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Constructing an Argument: Climate

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of climate. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: climate, concord consortium, questions
Constructing an Argument: Land Management
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Constructing an Argument: Land Management

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of land management. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, land management, questions
Constructing an Argument: Air Quality
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EDUCATION

Constructing an Argument: Air Quality

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of air quality science. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: air quality, concord consortium, questions
Constructing an Argument: Energy
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EDUCATION

Constructing an Argument: Energy

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of energy. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, energy, questions
Constructing an Argument: Water
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Constructing an Argument: Water

Students will learn how to create a good scientific argument in the context of freshwater availability. They will continuously encounter questions that ask them to make a claim, explain their answer, rate their certainty with their answer, and explain that rating.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: concord consortium, freshwater, questions
Teaching Idea: Ancient Rome
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EDUCATION

Teaching Idea: Ancient Rome

Use this idea and suggested resources to help you build a lesson or activity on ancient Rome.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: ancient rome
Natural Disasters and Climate Change
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EDUCATION

Natural Disasters and Climate Change

Students use maps and graphs to understand how the frequency of billion-dollar natural disaster events has changed over time. They analyze how climate change affected the 2017 California wildfires and the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: california, climate change, houston, hurricane, hurricane harvey, natural disaster, texas, wildfires
Wind Energy Lab
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EDUCATION

Wind Energy Lab

Students will work through the engineering process while designing and testing wind turbine blades.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 8 (ages 10 - 14)
  • Concepts: blade, energy, lockheed martin, maps, new hampshire, state mapmaker kits, wind, wind turbine
13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis
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EDUCATION

13 Days: President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Students investigate outcomes of the Cuban Missile Crisis by using primary documents and role-playing President Kennedy’s national security team.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: american history, cold war, cons, cuban missile crisis, decision-making, diplomacy, evaluation, fidel castro, government, john f. kennedy, killing kennedy, nikita khrushchev, nuclear weapons, outcomes, policy strategy, politics, pros, soviet union
The Power of Images in Storytelling
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The Power of Images in Storytelling

Students will explore the integral role of images in storytelling. They do a gallery walk of Photo Ark images and reflect on the emotions they experience. Students write personal essays in response to photographs of animals.

  • Best for: Grades 6 - 8 (ages 11 - 14)
  • Concepts: conservation, endangered species, extinct, photography, species, storytelling, writing
Threatened Animals and Their Habitats
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Threatened Animals and Their Habitats

Students use National Geographic Photo Ark images of threatened or extinct animals to research the dangers that affect the animals’ existence. They use the information to draw the habitats of these animals and investigate links between habitat, ecosystem, and animal livelihood or extincti...

  • Best for: Grades 3 - 5 (ages 8 - 11)
  • Concepts: animals, ecosystems, extinction, habitats, photo ark, photography, predators, prey
Looking for Signs of Life
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Looking for Signs of Life

Students explore how scientists determine the atmospheric composition of distant planets. They use a model to explore how elements in a gaseous mixture can be identified through absorption spectroscopy. Finally, students explore what compounds are most likely to reflect the presence of, or favorabil...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: altitude-1, carbon dioxide, electromagnetic spectrum, emission, greenhouse gases, life in space, light-matter interactions, methane, nitrogen, oxygen, photosynthesis, planetary atmospheres, propellant, respiration, spectroscopy
Habitable Conditions
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Habitable Conditions

Students use an interactive model to explore the zone of liquid water possibility around different star types and determine the characteristics of stars and planets that are most favorable for habitability.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, gaseous planet, goldilocks zone, habitability, habitable zone, hertzsprung-russel diagram, life in space, planetary orbit, rocky planet, star class, tidal lock, zone of liquid water
Hunting for Planets
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EDUCATION

Hunting for Planets

Students discover how scientists use the transit method to detect planets. Using interactive models, they investigate how a star’s light intensity changes based on the effects of planet size and angle of orbit. Next, they explore the effect of data noise on detection. Finally, students challen...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: angle of orbit, eclipse, planetary size, planet hunting, telescope precision, transit method
Moving Stars and Their Planets
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Moving Stars and Their Planets

Students investigate how scientists use Newton's Third Law of Motion to infer the presence of a planet orbiting a star. They explore the Doppler effect, the influence various factors have on the ability to detect an orbiting planet, and the effect of telescope noise and data imprecision on scien...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: angle of orbit, doppler effect, newton's third law of motion, planetary mass, planet hunting, radial velocity, telescope precision, wobble
The Vastness of Space
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The Vastness of Space

Students are introduced to the unanswered question of whether there is life in space. They learn how scientists are looking for planets outside of our solar system and are evaluating the possibility of finding a habitable planet within their lifetimes.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: exoplanets, galaxy, habitability, kepler, life, space, telescopes, transit method, universe, wobble
Climate Change and Rising Seas
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EDUCATION

Climate Change and Rising Seas

Students identify the difference between global warming and climate change. They learn what causes global rise in sea level, and they test predictions about sea level rise through a hands-on experiment.

  • Best for: Grades 5 - 9 (ages 10 - 15)
  • Concepts: climate change, environment, glaciers, global warming, melting, oceans, sea level rise
Analyzing the Distribution of Vegetation Zones and Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park
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EDUCATION

Analyzing the Distribution of Vegetation Zones and Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park

Students use a map to analyze and contrast variations in abiotic factors at three locations within Virunga National Park and explain how these factors influence the distribution of vegetation zones. Then students deduce the location that provides habitat for critically endangered mountain gorillas a...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: abiotic factors, alpine, ecosystems, elevation, habitat loss, montane forest, mountain gorilla, precipitation, savanna, temperature, vegetation regions, virunga national park
Conduct a Micro-Expedition
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EDUCATION

Conduct a Micro-Expedition

Students conduct their micro-expedition based on planning from previous activities. They then create a presentation, blog post, or other display of their expedition and findings.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: blue holes , communication, curiosity, discovery, expeditions, exploration, fieldwork, micro-expedition, observation
Multidisciplinary Exploration
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EDUCATION

Multidisciplinary Exploration

Students analyze the multidisciplinary nature of the National Geographic Bahamas Blue Hole Expedition by determining the questions the scientists and researchers involved in the expedition were attempting to answer. They then construct a multidisciplinary approach for their own micro-expedition...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: blue holes , cave diving, curiosity, expeditions, exploration, oceans, research
Expedition Ethics
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Expedition Ethics

Students discuss the meaning of ethics and evaluate the ethical considerations with the Blue Holes Expedition. They apply their learning to planning for the micro-expedition.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: blue holes , cave diving, caver’s motto, curiosity, ethics, expeditions, exploration, hiram bingham, leave no trace, micro-expedition, oceans
Plan and Prepare for an Expedition
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EDUCATION

Plan and Prepare for an Expedition

Students envision the planning and preparation needed for an expedition to a remote and dangerous site. Then they determine the actual preparation from a video about an expedition to the site. They plan their own “micro-expedition,” including a research question they want to answer, and ...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: blue holes , cave diving, curiosity, expeditions, exploration, micro-expedition, oceans, paleontology, planning
Why We Explore
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EDUCATION

Why We Explore

Students discuss the meaning of exploration and places they would like to explore. They compare past and present-day explorers’ reasons for exploration to their own.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: blue holes divers, cave diving, curiosity, expeditions, exploration, places, scientific research
Designing a BioBlitz Learning Experience
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EDUCATION

Designing a BioBlitz Learning Experience

Recruit and support scientists, naturalists, and other expert volunteers to lead BioBlitz inventories that engage both students and community members in a fun, dynamic, participatory science learning and stewardship event.

  • Best for: Grades 4 - 12 (ages 9 - 18)
  • Concepts: bioblitz, citizen science, discoveries, identifying species, inventory, invertebrates, observation, plants