This collection contains links to on-line activites for teaching STEM concepts with data of all types and examples that describe ways in which on-line, published, and student-collected data are currently used in teaching and learning.

This collection includes both data activities identified from across the web as well as a local example collection.

The initial example collection was created in collaboration with the Geological Society of America where the examples were given in a poster session "Using Data to Teach Earth Processes: An Illustrated Community Discussion" sponsored by the NAGT On the Cutting Edge program. We invite you to contribute additional examples in any of the STEM disciplines.

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Electrical Analysis of Wind Power part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
For this experiment, students use a DC motor as a generator and various shaped turbine designs to test which design produces the most electrical power. Using a fan to generate the "wind", students attach ...

Seeing the Forest for the Trees: What's in Your Woods? part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Whats in Your Woods?
DATA: Forest Inventory Growth and Analysis data, TOOLS: Spreadsheet, My World GIS - Investigate forest biodiversity in Maine and consider the environmental factors that contribute to tree species diversity.

Visualizing Carbon Pathways part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Carbon
DATA: NASA Satellite Images TOOLS: ImageJ and Image Composite Explorer (ICE) of NASA Earth Observations (NEO). SUMMARY: Build animations of satellite data to illustrate and explore carbon pathways through the Earth system.

Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change
DATA: Climate Model Predictions TOOLS: EOS-Webster, Spreadsheet application SUMMARY: Produce and analyze graphs to compare climate predictions among U.S. states through the year 2100.

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Laura A. Guertin Penn State University Delaware County - The activity begins in the classroom with students graphing and interpreting apparent volcanic solar transmission values collected at Mauna Loa Observatory, ...

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Kara Salazar Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Earth and Environmental Science - The Lilly ARBOR Project is an urban riparian restoration project designed for use as an outdoor ...

Evidence for Plate Tectonics part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Evidence
DATA: Sea Floor Age, Volcano and Earthquake Distributions. TOOL: My World GIS. SUMMARY: Identify relationships among sea-floor age, earthquakes, and volcanoes to understand how they support the theory of plate tectonics.

Bring it home: Evidence of abrupt climate change part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributors: Laurel Godell, Jeff Niemitz, Dallas Rhodes, Cathy Whitlock, Kathy Ellis Topic: Abrupt ...

How do polar and tropical ice cores correlate? part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributed by John Wehwiller, Tara Curtin, Thom Davis Topic: Timing of Climatic Shifts Course Type: ...

An ice-sheet modeling exercise: Theory, data, and the importance that the twain shall meet part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Ideas for Teaching about Ice Cores
This activity was developed during the Teaching Climate Change Using Ice Core Data workshop, held in June 2008.Contributed by: B. Parizek, M. Kelly, M. Ver, and C. Wilbur Topic: Modeling, ice-sheet physics, ...