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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
Recording a Dying Language
Article
EDUCATION

Recording a Dying Language

This 10-minute documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 11 (ages 14 - 17)
  • Concepts: california, endangered languages, language, native americans, wukchumni
Presidential Decision-Making: Helsinki Accords
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EDUCATION

Presidential Decision-Making: Helsinki Accords

Students deconstruct President Gerald R. Ford’s decision to sign the Helsinki Accords with the Soviet Union and NATO allies in 1975. Through their deconstruction of this decision, students learn decision-making strategies that they can apply to other decisions.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: borders, case studies, consequences, decision-making, geographic context, gerald r. ford, helsinki accords, helsinki agreement, helsinki final act, human rights, political context, presidential decision-making, stakeholders
Presidential Decision-Making: The 1970s Energy Crisis
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EDUCATION

Presidential Decision-Making: The 1970s Energy Crisis

Students take on the role of advisors to President Gerald R. Ford in drafting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. Their goal is to become informed about different facets of the topic and use decision-making strategies to determine which measure they should advise President Ford to push m...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: consequences, decision-making, energy crisis, gerald r. ford, middle east, oil, presidential decision-making
Is There Life in Space?
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EDUCATION

Is There Life in Space?

Students discover how scientists find planets and other astronomical bodies. They compare zones of habitability around different star types, discovering the zone of liquid water possibility around each star type and they explore how scientists use spectroscopy to learn about atmospheres on distant p...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
 Making a Decision about the Construction of an Oil Pipeline through British Columbia
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EDUCATION

Making a Decision about the Construction of an Oil Pipeline through British Columbia

Students will analyze a real-world environmental case of building an oil pipeline through British Columbia. They will explore the geographical, cultural, and environmental context of building the pipeline, identify the stakeholders and their role and impact, and map out the intended and unintended c...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: british columbia, consequences, decision-making, environment, first nations, land, ocean, pipelines, stakeholders
Blue Holes: Being an Explorer
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EDUCATION

Blue Holes: Being an Explorer

This series of activities takes students through a process from defining exploration to planning, carrying out, and communicating the outcomes of a micro-expedition.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
Can We Feed the Growing Population?
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EDUCATION

Can We Feed the Growing Population?

In this lesson, students explore the resources that make up our agricultural system. Students examine land uses and soil quality through graphs of land use and crop production and use computational models to compare the effect of different management strategies on the land. At the end of the lesson,...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe?
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EDUCATION

Will the Air Be Clean Enough To Breathe?

In this lesson, students explore the question, will the air be clean enough to breathe? They will be guided through the analysis of models and real-world data as they explore the interactions of factors that affect a region's air quality. Students will not be able to answer the module's fram...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?
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EDUCATION

Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?

In this lesson, students will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. They will examine models of porosity and permeability, run experiments with computational models, and hear from a hydrologist working on the same question. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to expl...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: aquifers, freshwater, groundwater, permeability, porosity, precipitation, water cycle
Using Fresh Water
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EDUCATION

Using Fresh Water

Students explore maps to discover the distribution of fresh water resources on Earth, and they examine graphs to discover how fresh water supplies are used by humans.

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
  • Concepts: aquifers, evaporation, freshwater, groundwater, human water use, precipitation
Making a Decision about Building a Road in the Amazon
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EDUCATION

Making a Decision about Building a Road in the Amazon

Students will analyze a real-world environmental case of building a road through the Amazon rain forest. They will explore the geographical, cultural, and environmental context of building the road, identify the stakeholders and their role and impact, and map out the intended and unintended conseque...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, consequences, conservation, decision-making, deforestation, indigenous peoples, mahogany, rain forests, stakeholders
What Are Our Energy Choices?
Lesson
EDUCATION

What Are Our Energy Choices?

In this lesson, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given to natural gas extracted from shale formations through the hydraulic fracturing process. At the end of the module, students will be able to compare th...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?
Lesson
EDUCATION

What Is the Future of Earth's Climate?

Through a series of guided questions, students will explore the question, what will Earth's climate be in the future? Students will not be able to answer the question at the end of the lesson, but they will be able to explain how scientists can be certain that Earth is warming while not being en...

  • Best for: Grades 7 and up (ages 12 and up)
Bottle Rocket Tutorial
Video
EDUCATION

Bottle Rocket Tutorial

This tutorial shows how to build and launch a bottle rocket.

  • Best for: Grades 9 and up (ages 14 and up)
  • Concepts: newton's second law of motion, newton's third law of motion, propellant, rockets
Marine Protected Areas Management
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EDUCATION

Marine Protected Areas Management

Students read a case study and debate the pros and cons of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the region. Then they select a Marine Protected Area and develop and present a management plan for it.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Marine Protected Areas Exploration
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EDUCATION

Marine Protected Areas Exploration

Students explore Marine Protected Areas on an interactive map and compare and contrast three case studies. They learn how the MPA classification system works in the United States, apply that system to example scenarios, and create case studies of their own.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Fisheries
Lesson
EDUCATION

Fisheries

Students explore issues related to fisheries sustainability and simulate fish monitoring methods commonly used by scientists and resource managers.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Ecosystem Imbalance in the World
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EDUCATION

Ecosystem Imbalance in the World

Students build on their knowledge of individual impacts on the ocean to see how the whole system can react to threats and changes. They examine ways in which human actions throw marine ecosystems out of balance, explore the concept of how impacts can build, and review their understandings of ecosyst...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Human Impacts on Marine Species
Lesson
EDUCATION

Human Impacts on Marine Species

Students learn about three examples of human impacts on marine life: migration patterns and shipping, algal blooms and water chemistry, and marine debris. Some of these impacts are due to human activity in the ocean, and some impacts on the ocean are due to human activity on land....

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Human Impacts on the World Ocean
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EDUCATION

Human Impacts on the World Ocean

Students are introduced to the idea that humans have enormous impacts on marine ecosystems and resources, and explore the stakeholders involved.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Symbiotic Relationships in Marine Ecosystems
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EDUCATION

Symbiotic Relationships in Marine Ecosystems

Students analyze videos to make observations about species, populations, and communities of organisms and discuss their symbiotic relationships. Then they create a hypothetical marine ecosystem and describe the adaptive, trophic, and symbiotic relationships between the biotic and abiotic components ...

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity
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EDUCATION

Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Students explore major marine ecosystems by locating them on maps. Students use marine examples to learn about energy transfer through food chains and food webs. They discuss how food webs can illustrate the health and resilience of an ecosystem.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
The World Ocean
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EDUCATION

The World Ocean

Students investigate the interconnectedness of the ocean and Earth's physical and human systems through videos, discussions, writing, and mapping. They make personal connections to their own lives and are introduced to the concept of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)
Kennedy’s Presidential Leadership and Cuba
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EDUCATION

Kennedy’s Presidential Leadership and Cuba

Students will examine the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis to evaluate Kennedy’s leadership toward Cuba during the Cold War.

  • Best for: Grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18)