This page first made public: Sep 19, 2007
Earth science is emerging as a demanding high-school science course that prepares learners for college admissions and informed citizenship. Long perceived as a low-level science subject without a lab component, it now challenges and inspires students by leveraging visualization technologies and orbital and aerial perspectives to present Earth's components, including human activities, as a single interacting system. Earth science classes integrate physics, chemistry, and biology to introduce students to a rich body of concepts and knowledge with which to understand the world around them and pressing environmental, social, and economic issues.
EarthLabs supports this transformation by providing a model for rigorous and engaging Earth and environmental science labs. EarthLabs offer the laboratory experiences needed to elevate Earth science to a capstone high-school science course that coheres prior science studies and benchmarks students for college placement.
EarthLabs units offer sequences for learning science concepts through hands-on experiments and data analysis. Using satellite imagery, numerical data, computer visualizations, and video, students explore Earth system processes and build quantitative skills that enable them to objectively evaluate scientific findings for themselves.