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Stratigraphic Architecture of Table Rock, Boise, Idaho part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
In the GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course at Boise State University, students conduct field research over a period of 4-5 weeks at Table Rock, a prominent sandstone plateau and popular hiking ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Writing Assignment, Field Activity, Project

Building a Local Stratigraphic Column: A research-based assignment for an introductory course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students build a stratigraphic column for a pre-selected area through the compilation of a series of individual research projects. Students are required to conduct introductory field research as well as a ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Writing Assignment, Field Activity, Project

GEOLOGIC MAPPING IN GOOGLE EARTH: TOOLS AND CHALLENGES part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Activity 1: The Structural Geology Mapping Challenge is a web based Google Earth exercise, where students outline bedding traces and measure strike and dip orientations to determine fold geometry. Students start ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Developing Student Ability to Ask Scientific Questions part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This activity is a two-part (three week) lab in which students initially develop a claim (non-scientific) and learn how to use evidence to support a claim. They then are provided with a scientific research question ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Determining slope movement and water contamination of quicklime deposits along Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, Wisconsin part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
For nearly 100 years, the site that is now High Cliff State Park near Sherwood, WI was the site of a quicklime kiln. Local Silurian dolomite from the Niagara Escarpment was quarried and baked in large kilns before ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity, Activities, :Project

Semester Long Martian Research Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
These project materials scaffold students through a semester-long, original research project. This specific project was developed using the online planetary science database JMARS. Weekly assignments guide ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Activities

Introduction to Science - Penny Histograms part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Overview: This exercise serves as an introduction to histograms. Students are given a short introduction to histograms in lecture and reading. They are then broken up into different groups of 3-5 students. Students ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Predicting Radon levels in homes based on geology part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
By supplementing existing traditional labs on mineral and rock identification, and on interpreting geologic maps, and creating a lab time for analyzing data available on the web, the students will determine if ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Activities

Intro to Graphing part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Intro to Graphing is a 2-phase exercise that introduces students to Excel for the purposes of properly storing their data and producing graphs.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Library Research Lab: Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming? part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
In this lab activity students get to investigate a specific question (Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming?) and formalize their investigation as a briefing paper for the President of the United States. This ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities