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Snow Avalanches
Alessandro Zanazzi, Utah Valley University
In this activity, students have to select the most convenient backcountry ski route to climb a peak located near Brighton ski resort (Utah). In order to select the route, they have to evaluate the information ...

Subject: Geoscience
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)

Baseflow recession
Les Hasbargen, SUNY College at Oneonta
This baseflow recession exercise will help students build skills in analyzing time series data in a spreadsheet. It should also open their eyes to the variation in streamflow, both at a single location over a year, ...

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)

Radar reflectivity analysis using GIS
Hari Kandel, Lake Superior State University
This exercise is about visualizing and analyzing radar reflectivity data for a hurricane event using GIS. Radar, an acronym for radio detection and ranging, is an active remote sensor that uses radio waves to ...

Subject: Environmental Science
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)

Inland water chemistry: the Nordic Lake Survey 1995
Tom Andersen, University of Oslo, Norway
While the ionic composition of surface seawater is basically the same anywhere in the world's oceans, the chemistry of inland waters can vary by orders of magnitude over short distances. In this activity we ...

Subject: Biology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Geoscience, Chemistry
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)

The Seismic Gap Hypothesis
Walter Szeliga, Central Washington University
Using actual earthquake data from the circum-Pacific region, students make predictions about where earthquakes should occur in the immediate future. Data are provided in the form of global earthquake locations over ...

Subject: Geoscience
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Determining Shallow Earth Structure
Tammy Bravo, IRIS
This activity is intended to extend students' learning of fundamental physics concepts (e.g. reflection, refraction and transmission of energy) through a real-world application.

Subject: Geoscience
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)

Using Phenocams and Eddy Covariance Data
Mary Heskel, Macalester College
This lab allowed students to explore multiple datasets through different means, with the objective of practicing ggplot and being comfortable using new R packages with different functionalities (ie phenocamr).

Subject: Biology
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16)

Using MODISTools Data
Mary Heskel, Macalester College
In this lab exercise, students use the MODISTools package developed by Koen Hufkens @khufkens ( to download MODIS NDVI and EVI at specific sites of interest and plot how they ...

Subject: Biology

On a Desert Island with Unit Sticks, Continued Fractions and Lagrange
Victor Ricchezza, Georgia State University
This lab style activity has students measure the length of an object (generally a tabletop) using an unmarked stick (a disposable chopstick being the most common choice). Students use the single stick as a ...

Analyzing pollen in lake sediments to understand climate change
Dan Maxbauer, Carleton College
This activity is aimed at analyzing a stratigraphic sequence of pollen samples from local lake sediments in order to reconstruct past climate and environmental conditions. The main activity fits into a larger ...

Subject: Biology, Geoscience, Environmental Science
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)