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Whose Fault Is It Anyway? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Games:Examples
This game has students simulate the propagation of P and S waves after an earthquake and to use the lag between these to determine where in the simulation the earthquake occurred.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes

Using Lab Measurements to Determine the Feasibility of a Photovoltaic Panel part of Integrate:Workshops:Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences:Activities
Using Lab Measurements to determine the power output of a solar module and the economic feasibility of photovoltaic panels

Subject: Environmental Science:Energy:Energy Principles , Engineering, Environmental Science:Energy:Renewable & Alternative Energy, Environmental Science:Sustainability

Subduction Zone Earthquakes part of Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics:Seismology

Earthquake Demonstration part of Examples
This demonstration uses an "earthquake machine" constructed from bricks, sand paper, and a winch, to simulate the buildup of elastic strain energy prior to a seismic event and the release of that energy during an earthquake.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Earthquakes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Microstructures, Deformation Mechanisms, Fabrics

Copper Extraction Demonstration Tutorial part of Examples
Summary This demonstration uses sulfuric acid and crushed copper ore (malachite) to produce a solution of copper sulfate and carbonic acid in a beaker. When a freshly sanded nail is dropped into the copper sulfate ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Native Elements, Environmental Science:Waste:Toxic and Hazardous Wastes:Metals, Environmental Science:Mineral Resources:Mining, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Aqueous Solutions, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Systematic Mineralogy:Oxides and Hydroxides

Magma Viscosity Demos part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
This is an interactive lecture where students answer questions about demonstrations shown in several movie files. They learn to connect what they have learned about molecules, phases of matter, silicate crystal structures, and igneous rock classification with magma viscosity, and to connect magma viscosity with volcano explosiveness and morphology.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Igneous Processes, Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Volcanism, Geoscience, :Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics

Combustion/Pollution part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students observe a burning candle and the byproducts given off through the burning process. This observation leads to a discussion to the effects of air pollution on our lives.

Subject: Environmental Science:Air Quality, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality

How Does Water Get Polluted? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a hands-on modeling of the effects of pollution on our ground and surface water. Students will observe and record their observations as pollution is placed on the ground in their model and it is rained upon.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Non-Point Source Pollution, Geoscience

Nature Stories: Promoting Environmental Awareness through Culture and Exploration. part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity uses a cultural story to excite kinesthetic homework, nature journaling and daily adventure in a child's own back yard or kitchen flower pot.

Subject: Geoscience, Environmental Science, Biology:Plant Biology, Diversity