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Question of the Day: ANWR Drilling Policy

Question of the Day developed by William Prothero, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Summary

This activity askes students to examine two policy positions regarding drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a part of the interplay between science and politics. The students also determine their viewpoint on the issue and share/defend it with their peers.

Learning Goals

Context for Use

This Question of the Day is appropriate for High School and Lower Division Undergraduate science classes of a wide range of sizes.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The author's calculations yield the following:

Teaching Materials

ANWR Drilling Policy Debate (Acrobat (PDF) 118kB Jun16 04) Activity Sheet and Reading

Assessment

In the author's classes, the students turn in their answers to be graded by teaching assistants.

References and Resources

Question of the Day is a method used by Dr. William Prothero in his Oceanography Course (more info) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For tips and information about using Questions of the Day as well as additional examples, see the Qustion of the Day page which is part of the Starting Point: Interactive Lectures Module.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (more info) - This is the US Fish and Wildlife Service website for ANWR. There is much information available here as well as many links to other sites.

Contact the Author

prothero@geol.ucsb.edu

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Petroleum/Coal Geology, Environmental Science:Energy:Fossil Fuels, Efficiency and Energy Conservation, Geoscience:Geology:Economic Geology
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Lab Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Quantitative Skills: Units and Unit Conversions, Arithmetic/Computation, Problem Solving
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Topics: Human Dimensions/Resources

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