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Modern CO2 part of Examples
Students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric CO2.
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Protein Evolution part of Examples
In this activity students explore the evolution of proteins by comparing 2D and 3D alignments of orthologs and paralogs.
Long Term Ecological Resources part of Examples
Students analyze data on temperature and precipitation collected from 26 different Long Term Ecological Research sites and compare them with annual net primary productivity. The students then form an ecological rule to explain their results.
Phenylketonuira part of Examples
In this activity, students are assigned different alleles of the gene for phenylalanine hydroxylase to research using OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man). They are then asked to both explain and illustrate how this mutation may cause the disease phenylketonuria (PKU).
Writing a Wikipedia Genetic Disease Article part of Examples
Writing a Wikipedia article about a genetic disease is a good culminating activity for a genetics course or module, as it requires synthesizing and interpreting a wide range of genetic information. This assignment also includes a potential service component, which is normally very difficult in genetics.
Monohybrid Fruit Fly Crosses: A Simulation part of Examples
This assignment uses a computer simulation of fruit fly genetics to have students design and interpret monohybrid crosses of a trait with simple dominant and recessive alleles. Detailed instructions with animated examples, background material, a sample report and a rubric are included.
Searching Genbank part of Examples
An active problem-based assignment that uses the Genbank database to teach the basics of molecular biology and molecular evolution
Plant Pest Control part of Examples
This learning experience introduces participants to scientific inquiry, hypothesis formation, experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation.
When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web.
Shift in life expectancy part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Determining the shift in expected life span over a century and the social and environmental impact
Bioinformatics part of Examples
This exercise contains two interrelated modules that introduce students to modern biological techniques in the area of Bioinformatics, which is the application of computer technology to the management of biological information. The need for Bioinformatics has arisen from the recent explosion of publicly available genomic information, such as that resulting from the Human Genome Project.
Transgenic Fly Lab part of Simulations:Examples
This virtual fly lab provides participants with knowledge to better understand contruct and transpose DNA, transgenic organisms, gene expression, and circadian rhythm.
Writing Poems from Dragonfly Facts part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a creative writing assignment in which first graders create poetry from scientific information about dragonflies.