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Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Example
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology:Tectonics

West Texas: Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Neil Haywood, Kevin Hefferean University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Geology/Geography 393: Field Trip - Southwestern USA Intended Audience: Geology and Geography undergraduate students Location: Guadalupe ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology

Watershed Analysis part of Example
Students conduct a regional watershed analysis of an area of their choosing. Using on-line data and their personal knowledge of the area, they determine the annual hydrologic budget and teach the class about "their" watershed.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Hydrology:Ground Water:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water:Geology of groundwater occurrence, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface

Impact Craters and Water on Mars part of Example
Students explore for water on Mars using impact crater morphology. During this lab, students: learn to use the equation writing and graphing capabilities in Microsoft Excel, thendevelop and apply an impact crater depth-diameter relationship in an effort to constrain the depth to a possible water-rich layer beneath one or more portions of the surface of Mars!

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology

Analyzing beach sands with a SEM/EDS part of Example
Students pose a question that can be answered using the SEM and sand they have previously collected from beach profiles.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis

Petrology in the Field and Laboratory part of Example
In this multi-week project, students collect samples in the field, analyze them using various tools and instruments, then present their results and interpretations.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy

Family Economy of 19th-Century Industrial Workers part of Example
This activity teaches students how to formulate research questions and perform empirical analysis. Students analyse family budgets from late 19th-century industrial workers.

Subject: Economics

The Effects of Condemned/Restored Homes on Surrounding Property Values: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience part of Example
In this undergraduate research and service learning project, students and faculty collaborate on a study of the effects of condemned/restored homes in their college town on surrounding property values. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

Subject: Economics

Using Census Data to Identify a Town's Housing Needs: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience part of Example
In this classroom project, students and faculty help a local housing non-profit identify area U.S. Census tracts most in need of its assistance in promoting decent and affordable homeownership to low- to moderate- income individuals. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective economics course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

Subject: Sociology, Economics

The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida part of Example
In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.

Subject: Sociology, Economics

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