These activities have been developed or adapted by Carleton faculty. For many more assignments from multiple disciplines, see the SERC activity collection. These assignments are presented in a common format so that other educators can make use of them more easily. Faculty are invited to submit activities to the collection at any time.
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Position Paper: Where to Send NASA's Next Big Mission part of Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center:Writing Across the Curriculum with Numbers:Assignments
An opinion essay (in the style of an Op-Ed) wherein students argue for sending NASA's next large mission to a particular solar system target. Arguments are based on data and (where possible) numbers.
Where does your energy come from? Analyzing your energy bill part of ACM Pedagogic Resources:ACM/FaCE:Projects:Integrating Sustainability into the Undergraduate Curriculum:Activities
Students use utility bills to determine the cost and sources of energy in their households.
The Changing Geographic Distribution of Malaria with Global Climate Warming part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this exercise, students analyze climate data to find areas in the southern United States that are now close to having conditions in which the malaria parasite and its mosquito hosts thrive and then attempt to forecast when areas might become climatically suitable.
Concept puzzles about geophysical methods part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
These exercises can be used in class to insure students have a firm grasp on the concepts behind a variety of geophysical techniques and can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes.
Izmit Earthquake part of Geophysics:Workshop 07:Geophysics Activities
This lab allows students to analyze earthquake seismicity from the North Anatolian fault using a variety of methods.
Metamorphism of siliceous dolostone: An example from the Alta stock, Utah part of Petrology:Teaching Examples
In this exercise students study the low variance mineral assemblages from the contact aureole of the Alta stock to learn how rock and fluid compositions control mineral assemblages during contact metamorphism.
Mining the News part of Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center:Writing Across the Curriculum with Numbers:Assignments
This is a series of short assignments that require students to locate appropriate journalistic texts and employ rhetorical analysis: Mining the News.
Mystery in Alaska: A Study of the 2000 Fishing Ban part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Solving Mystery in Alaska and investigating the role of science in July 2000 Alaska fishing ban with the intention to protect Steller sea lions.
Carbon Sequestration of Eastside Neighborhood Trees part of Quantitative Writing:Examples
Carbon Sequestration of Eastside Neighborhood Trees in Northfield, MN
Peer Review of Multimedia Web Sites Authored by Student Teams part of Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This activity is a peer-review exercise where students, as individuals, write templated reviews of draft web sites authored by student teams. The web sites are created over an entire term and relate to a topic ...