Jennifer Anderson


Winona State University

Jennifer Anderson is an Associate Professor of Geoscience at Winona State University in southeastern Minnesota.  She is a planetary geologist who specializes in experimental impact cratering and came from a broad scientific background including geophysics, astrophysics, and physics.  She teaches Astronomy, Earth & Space Systems, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and other courses.  She is also very passionate about science education, advises the Earth Science teaching majors at WSU, and teaches in the two-semester, interdisciplinary, "Investigative Science" content course sequence for elementary education majors.

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Activities (4)

Comparative Planetary Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Discoveries from Mars:Activities
This is a laboratory exercise to introduce comparative planetary geomorphology by investigating common geologic features on the Earth, Moon, and Mars. -

Why do some things float while other things sink? part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Students investigate the concept of density through inquiry-based experiments and exploration.

Water Quality Testing in your Local Water Cycle part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
Students analyze local water chemistry by identifying and collecting local water samples, deciding upon questions they want to answer about their local water sources, and then performing simple water quality tests on their samples.

The "What is Science?" Box part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
A group of 3-4 students are presented with a box that has writing on the five visible sides and asked to determine what is on the bottom of the box. In solving this problem, students are using the same techniques that scientists use to learn about nature.

Courses (2)

Investigative Science I and III part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This is a two-semester sequence that covers science content for elementary education majors(preK-8). Investigative Science I: "Physical Science in your Environment" covers Nature of Science, Physics, and ...

Winona State University: Earth - The Water Planet part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This interdisciplinary course is the first of two science content courses specifically designed for elementary education majors (K-5). It is team-taught by two science faculty from Geoscience, Physics, Chemistry, ...

Essay (1)

My personal journey into the methods of geoscience part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
My personal journey into the methods of geoscience Jennifer L. B. Anderson, Geoscience, Winona State University It has been so interesting to plan for this workshop because over the last year I've really ...


Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Central Section, Teacher Education Division

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