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This collection of lessons is built around the NSF funded High-Adventure Science project—a set of online curriculum modules for middle and high school science classrooms.

The modules integrate computer models and real world data to help students examine contemporary unanswered questions in Earth science—think climate change, the availability of freshwater, land management, and more. Students explore evidence and discuss the issues of certainty—and uncertainty—with the models and data. Each lesson in the collection includes five activities with complete directions for classroom integration, alignment to national standards, and additional resources for student learning.

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What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?

What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?  

Evaluate how scientists can be certain that Earth is warming while not being entirely certain about how much Earth will warm.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours

What Are Our Energy Choices?

What Are Our Energy Choices?  

Consider the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity, with a focus on the hydraulic fracturing process.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours

Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?

Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?  

Explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth and examine how humans can preserve supplies of fresh water for the future.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours

Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe?

Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe?  

Explore the interactions of factors, including human development, that affect a region's air quality.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours

Can We Feed the Growing Population?

Can We Feed the Growing Population?  

Examine the resources that make up our agricultural system and compare the effect of different management strategies on the land.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours

Is There Life in Space?

Is There Life in Space?  

Discover how scientists search for distant planets and how they determine whether those astronomical bodies could be habitable.

Grades 7–12   |   3.75 hours


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1220756. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation