Northwest Florida State College
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Science in My Backyard part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
In this lab report writing assignment, students will use the scientific method to solve a real life problem from their own lives. They see an example of such a real life problem who/what is digging the holes in my backyard through a power point presentation, and are then asked to come up with a research question at their own home, work, or school. Students use the scientific method to record observations, develop a hypothesis, and set up their experimental design, which they then actually carry out. After completion of their experiments, students write formal lab reports that are set up exactly like lab reports they will write during the rest of the semester. This is a great activity for non-science majors to walk through the scientific method at the beginning of a course without the intimidation of discipline-specific science content, to prepare them for conducting more advanced labs later in the course. Since implementing this activity into my Introduction to Oceanography course, I have seen great improvement in the quality of lab reports. An outline of the lesson plan, the ppt presentation that I use to set up the assignment, as well as student instructions and grading rubric are provided.
Hands-on Field Experience and Career Training in Oceanography part of SAGE 2YC:Workforce, Transfer, and Careers:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
One of the biggest challenges we face as community college instructors is preparing our students for careers; this is especially true in geoscience fields because people are generally not familiar with the discipline and they do not typically know anyone who is a geoscientist. Further, community colleges do not typically have research programs where students can gain exposure to geoscience research and/or field applications.