is your students' first time using Exploring the Environment
(ETE), we suggest they begin with the "Mars Landing" or
"Strangers in Paradise" activities. Two weather modules,
"Weather or Not?" and "Severe Weather--Hurricanes!"
are also excellent for beginners.
Landing: Remote-Sensing Tools
Students imagine they are astronauts aboard a spaceship
that has been orbiting Mars. They are now preparing to land safely
by studying Viking Images of the Martian landscape. Students use
tools in the application NIH Image to locate an appropriate landing
in Paradise: Measurement Training Using NIH Image
Students imagine they are tourists finding their way around
Honolulu. They use measuring tools in the application NIH Image
to measure distances between sightseeing stops and to do calculations
on volcanic craters.
Student weather teams review the actions of Hurricane Andrew (1992)
in preparation for tracking, analyzing, and predicting the course
of a new hurricane that may threaten North America this school year.
Students monitor the weather environment and make weather
predictions up to 48 hours before an outdoor event that is special
Students perform an Earth system science analysis to make
recommendations about the prescribed burning policy in Yellowstone
Though coral reefs cover less
than .2 percent of the ocean’s bottom, they contain a fourth of all
marine life. Yet, experts say coral reefs are disappearing. And
fast. Why and what could or should be done?
El Niño: The Child Returns
Students examine how an event in the ocean can affect events around
Students predict the future of the Florida Panther based on the
Earth system science analysis of the restoration of water to the
Create an ESS analysis to predict the effects of increased atmospheric
concentrations of carbon dioxide on the yield of hard red winter
wheat in Kansas.
Students compare North and South Korea. They investigate how history,
present ideology, and the natural environment have shaped North
and South Korea.
Students consider social, political, cultural, and economic factors
that make survival a challenge for an endangered species.
Students determine what actions can be implemented to predict future
outbreaks of Rift Valley fever and control its spread.
Students attempt to find a balance in the policy debate over use
of temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest.
Students address issues of biodiversity, economic growth, and medical
research as they attempt to answer questions about the human impact
on rainforest resources.
The four volcano modules represent different kinds of hazards
and geologic processes.
A New High School in Orting
Volcanic Unrest in Paradise
A New Eruption in the Cascades
sizes of hot spot volcanic eruptions
may choose to engage in one, all, or any combination of the four
volcano modules. It may be best if groups of students undertake
different volcano modules in order to facilitate inter-team comparing/contrasting
different types of volcanoes. In modules 2-4, simulated data are
used to appear as realistic as possible.
New High School in Orting
Students decide whether to build a new high school in the shadow
of Mt. Rainier.
Unrest in Paradise!
Students decide what the prospects are for the human
population living near Kilauea.
New Eruption in the Cascades?
Students decide what should be done in the Portland area, when
Mt. Hood starts acting like Mt. St. Helens.
"Big One" in Yellowstone National Park
Students decide if we are facing an eruption in Yellowstone as
devastating as a nuclear attack.
Students advise a local water board, which is concerned
about water quality in its watershed.
Earth on Fire
Students examine the earth's past and humankind's impact on the
global environment as they attempt to answer important questions
about global warming.
Students learn about stratospheric ozone depletion and its effects
as they attempt to determine what future measures will be needed
to correct the situation.