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Classroom Activities for Teaching Public Policy in the Earth Sciences

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Gallery Walk Questions about Human Dimensions part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Gallery Walks:Examples
created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about the human dimensions of geologic issues. The questions are organized ...

Fishing Game: Stella PC and Mac part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Mathematical and Statistical Models Examples
As manager in the fish and wildlife service you are charged with making policy regarding the management of a regional fishery. -

Environmental Health Risk Inventory part of Activities
In this activity, students perform an environmental health risk inventory of a selected locale. Students will address anthropogenic and natural health risks of an area using data collected from various online ...

A "Jigsaw" Activity for Teaching about Uranium Mining on the Navajo Nation part of Activities
This activity takes an Earth system approach to teach about uranium mining on the Navajo Nation, and can be modified to teach a variety of case studies.

A "Role-play" Activity for Teaching about Uranium Mining on the Navajo Nation part of Activities
This activity uses an Earth system approach and role playing to teach students about uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. Students first use a website to find information for their assigned roles, and then they ...

Roadside and Engineering Geology of Auke Bay, Juneau Alaska part of Activities
Final lab for an Introductory Physical Geology class. Students apply a semester of learned geology skills toward evaluating house building sites near our campus. They encounter evidence of faulting, mass wasting, ...

Election Project part of Activities
Students research and report on candidates positions on issues relevant to the course. Students get to apply what they have covered in class to real events relevant to their current and future lives.

Energy Policy part of Activities
Students research and make recommendations regarding the petroleum energy policy of the U.S. with respect to other countries.

Brownfields part of Activities
I split the class into small groups and assign them a list of properties that are suspected of being brownfields. Their job is to do a phase 1 (dig up background information) assessment and do a site visit to take ...

Development of a Syllabus for Environmental Issues course part of Activities
Students' participation in developing syllabus for a new course "Issues in Environmental Science." Details are included in the document.