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Learning Sustainability with Sim City part of Activities
Sim City is a computer game that has the player design a city. They become the mayor. While designing the city from ground, they can choose sustainaiblity energy options such as wind farms, geothermal, and solar. The game includes greening options and pollution factors. Teachers in a variety of disciplines can utilize this to bring their core course concepts to life.
Ethnographic Methods for Community Visioning part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Karen Gaul, The Evergreen State College
This project involves students in substantial community-based ethnographic research. Working cooperatively together as a consultancy team, the students learn to use ethnographic and other research methods. They also learn to empower and give voice to various stakeholders and to assemble and synthesize data for a formal report.
Town Planning using Geological Constraints part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Tracy Furutani, North Seattle Community College
Students are divided into teams, each charged with writing a plan for the expansion of a fictional town in the North Cascades foothills. The town council (the instructor) has decided upon several expansion projects, such as an airport and housing subdivisions, and the student teams receive information about the bedrock geology, hydrology, soils, and slope stability of the area. Students present their plans in a open forum to the other students, and there is a vote of the students on the most reasonable science-based plan.
Using Google Earth Layers to Understand Local Geomorphology part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Ralph Hitz, Tacoma Community College; Peter Selkin, University of Washington, Tacoma
Using Google Earth to understand how geomorphology may control shallow groundwater flooding and surface hydrology.
Old Sticks in the Mud: Hazards of Lahars from Mount Rainier Volcano part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Patrick Pringle, Centralia College
Volcanic debris flows (lahars) flow long distances, bury and aggrade river valleys, and cause long-term stream disturbances and dramatic landscape changes. Students will evaluate the nature, scale, and history of ...
Water and Civic Responsibility: An Online Discussion Exercise part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Rob Viens, Bellevue Community College
Students apply their science learning to regional issues related to water quantity and quality.
Mapping Stormwater Runoff Infrastructure for the City of Bothell part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Robert Turner, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Term-long course activity for student groups to map the flow of stormwater runoff on newly developed or altered properties in and for the City of Bothell.
Seeing Sustainability part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Kate Davies, Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle
This assignment requires students to reflective observations of a particular place and to identify signs of sustainability and unsustainability.