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The blueprints are pathways through an entire year-long, capstone level, high school Earth science curriculum. Each blueprint has a theme that stitches together a set of three-week teaching units. To view current live units, click the link at the bottom of the page.

Blueprint: Songs of a Distant Earth

Earth is a beautiful world. The intricacies of our planet are the stuff of adventure and inspiration. Units in this blueprint explore earth science themes from large to small scales and evaluate the dynamic nature of earth processes through a systems view. For example, solar flares are large scale elements in earth systems and microbes are some of the tiniest, yet both may have a huge effect on global climate conditions. The blueprint was inspired by the Voyager Golden Records included aboard spacecraft Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which were launched in 1977 to study Jupiter and Saturn. The mission has since been extended to explore the outermost limit's of the sun's influence and beyond. Voyager 2, which also flew by Uranus and Neptune, is on its way to interstellar space.

Blueprint: Earth the Habitable Planet

This blueprint for high school Earth and Space science is designed to serve as a coherent framework for teachers to follow as they teach a one-year course. It is organized on themes in Earth system science that were presented in the NSF-sponsored TeXas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution teacher professional development program. The blueprint does not attempt to cover all of Earth and Space Science, but rather it takes an in-depth look at some key topics that are critical for understanding the challenges that humans face in living on this "restless planet."

Blueprint: Living on Planet Earth

(2-year course)

Blueprint: Earth and Space Science: Texas Edition

In Texas, Earth and Space Science (ESS) is a capstone course designed to build on students' prior scientific and academic knowledge and skills to develop understanding of Earth's system in space and time. The course follows an Earth systems approach to address three themes: (A) Earth in space and time, (B) solid Earth, and (C) fluid Earth. ESS has three strands used throughout each of the three themes: (A) systems, (B) energy, and (C) relevance. These themes and strands underpin the content in this blueprint, which emphasizes that proper stewardship of Earth will prevent unnecessary degradation and destruction of Earth's subsystems and diminish detrimental impacts to individuals and society.

Blueprint: Summer Geoscience Field Program

This blueprint integrates elements of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics — into a program that combines field learning with classroom instruction based on the DIG Texas Blueprints units. The approach, developed for UTEP's summer geoscience Upward Bound Geoscience program, includes local geology field trips and a project-based learning activity in which students use geospatial technologies to create Earth Science story maps about their field experiences. Story maps incorporate resources from the Dig Texas Blueprints units in combination with online interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant products in order to tell an Earth Science story. Each student's story map is a unique product comprising their own notes, reflections on the field trip, and charts, graphs, or other products selected from the DIG Texas Blueprints units that served as the basis for their classroom instruction.

All DIG Units (limited access page)

Publicly-accessible Units

Crossing the Shoreline: The Gulf of Mexico

Documenting Past Climate

Earth From Space: Big Blue Marble

Earth is a Habitable Planet

Earth's Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate

Earth's Cryosphere: Baby It's Cold Outside

Earth From Space: Big Blue Marble

Earth's Global Ocean

Fossil Record and Evolution

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Living With the Planet

Mapping the Earth

Marine Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks: A Dozen Dead Oceans

Natural Hazards: Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth

Peering into the Universe

The Dynamic Earth: Plate Tectonic Processes

Plate Tectonics: Earth in Motion

The Solar System

Coming Soon

Carbon, Climate, And Energy

Earth's History: Events, Places, and Impacts

Geologic Time


In Development

Earth's Climate System

Energy and Technology

Natural Resources

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