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Learning Sustainability with Sim City part of SISL:Activities
Sim City is a computer game that has the player design a city. They become the mayor. While designing the city from ground, they can choose sustainaiblity energy options such as wind farms, geothermal, and solar. The game includes greening options and pollution factors. Teachers in a variety of disciplines can utilize this to bring their core course concepts to life.

When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Predicting Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine
DATA: Ocean Buoy Data, MODIS Images TOOLS: GoMOOS Online Graphing Tool SUMMARY: Learn about conditions that influence the spring phytoplankton bloom. Use an online graphing tool to predict the date of the bloom.

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: What's in Your Woods? part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Whats in Your Woods?
DATA: Forest Inventory Growth and Analysis data, TOOLS: Spreadsheet, My World GIS SUMMARY: Investigate forest biodiversity in Maine and consider the environmental factors that contribute to tree species diversity.

Expression of gerontogenes in neurons: A comparative genomic approach to studying the role of the nervous system in lifespan/aging part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
This multi-week laboratory module is appropriate for an intermediate-level neuroscience and behavior course. Students design behavioral experiments in wildtype and mutant C. elegans with defects in neurally-expressed genes implicated in aging. Students then use bioinformatic and comparative genomic tools to explore orthologous genes in at least ten different animal taxa.

Using Metagenomics to Investigate Microbial Diversity part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
Using Winogradsky columns, a soil enrichment culture, students explore microbial diversity through metagenomics. The Winogradsky column is a complex community of interacting microorganisms. In a community such as ...

Phylogenetic analysis of the bony fishes: Morphological and mtDNA sequence comparisons part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
This three-four week inquiry-based module is designed to teach students basic concepts, quandaries, and methodology of phylogenetics in a format that integrates wet-lab, bioinformatics, and lecture/discussion.

Behavior, Neuroanatomy, Genomics: what can we learn from mouse mutants? part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
In this sequence of labs students will be provided a mutant mouse with an unspecified motor mutation and its wild-type control. The goal of this sequence is to identify and characterize the mutant using behavior, neuroanatomy and genomics.

Integrative activities to study the evolution of nervous system function part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
The overall goal of this multi-week inquiry-based project is to have students combine levels of analysis, including behavioral, anatomical, cell biological, molecular and genomics tools to study how specialized functions of the nervous system evolved.

Constructing and using a PAM style scoring matrix part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection

Local Population Structure and Behavior of the Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
Assess population structure, genetic health, and behavior of your local wood frog population by determining microsatellite allele frequencies.

Oh What a Tangled Web: Ecosystem-Based Management part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students begin this investigation by reading about the basic premises of ...

And On His Farm He Had Some Fish part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Aquaculture is the most rapidly growing food-production industry in the world. In Part ...

Comparison of Protein Sequences: BLAST searching and Phylogenetic Tree Construction part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
This laboratory exercise is a guided discovery of computational methods for comparing protein sequences. Students perform BLAST searches of reported CYP1A sequences and construct phylogenetic trees using CYP1A amino acid sequences from various vertebrate species, especially those with multiple CYP1A paralogs.

Riparian Plant Lab part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this field exercise for an introductory environmental science course, students investigate plant cover and type in a riparian area using transects. The final assignment is a lab report that includes a summary data table, a graph of cover types along their transect and an analysis of riparian health.

Human Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Determination part of Teaching Genomics at Small Colleges:Genomics Instructional Units Minicollection
In this laboratory exercise, students determine which allelic form of a particular single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) they have (one located in an intron, and not associated with any known phenotype). Students ...

Corals Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activities in this module were created by Erin Bardar and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Student Pages » Why Teach about Corals? × Blue tangs swimming in an elkhorn coral forest - ...

Lab 1: Coral Reefs, The Human View part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives Students are introduced to coral reef ecosystems and the importance of corals to ...

Lab 2: Anatomy of Coral part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives In this activity, students examine hydra, a fresh-water relative of ...

Fisheries Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activities in this module were created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Student Pages » Why Teach about Fisheries? × Fish are a vital part of the economy, food supply, and health of ...

To Fish or Not to Fish? part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Summary and Learning Objectives This lab activity introduces students to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In Part A, ...