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Connect to the World We Live In

Building connections between academic learning and examples, experiences, and issues from beyond the ivory tower can increase students interest in a topic and help them transfer this learning to real life situations in their professional and personal lives. A spectrum of approaches can be used from simply using real examples to contextualize concepts to the more complicated use of service learning projects to allow practicing skills and applying knowledge in the local community.

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Teaching Strategies and Example Classroom Activities

Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside

Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
This page is authored by Rebekah Green, Western Washington University.

Hazardous Waste and Toxics: Real Data for Real Places
Richard Kujawa, Saint Michaels College

Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Lori Troxel, Vanderbilt University

5. Passive Designs
Randolph Chambers, College of William and Mary

6. Energy from and to the Earth
Randolph Chambers, College of William and Mary

4. Creating Electricity from Light
Benjamin Cuker, Hampton University

8. Efficiency and Conservation
Maurice Crawford, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

9. Hybrid and Electric Cars
Randolph Chambers, College of William and Mary

11. Composting Toilets
Maurice Crawford, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore; Benjamin Cuker, Hampton University

10. Energy from Biofuels
Benjamin Cuker, Hampton University

7. Better Ways to Illuminate
Maurice Crawford, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

Unit 2: Community-Based Participatory Solutions
Richard Schulterbrandt Gragg, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; Cynthia Hewitt, Morehouse College; Akin Akinyemi, Florida State University; Cheryl Young, Heritage University

Unit 3: Food Systems In Action
Richard Schulterbrandt Gragg, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; Cynthia Hewitt, Morehouse College; Akin Akinyemi, Florida State University; Cheryl Young, Heritage University; Bakari McClendon, FAMU

Unit 1: Introduction to Modeling Dynamic Systems
Kirsten Menking, Vassar College; Louisa Bradtmiller, Macalester College; David Bice, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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