Activities and Examples: Using Data in the Classroom Today

This collection contains links to on-line activities for teaching STEM concepts with data of all types and examples that describe ways in which on-line, published, and student-collected data are currently used in teaching and learning.


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Unit 1: Exploring Harrier Meadow, an Urban Wetland System part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity
Students will conduct a virtual exploration of Harrier Meadow, a saltmarsh in the New Jersey Meadowlands. They will identify its vulnerability to pollution, its tidal connection to the Hackensack Estuary and the ...

Unit 2: Geophysical Properties of the Subsurface part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity
Archie (1950) defined the term petrophysics to describe the study of the physics of rocks, particularly with respect to the fluids they contain. Although originally focused on geophysical exploration, petrophysics ...

Unit 5: Integrated Geophysical Interpretation and Comparison with Ground Truthing part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity
In this unit, students explore spatial associations between the three-dimensional electromagnetic (EM) conductivity inversions and the visible patterns of Salicornia (Pickleweed) introduced in Unit 1, Exploring ...

Unit 3: Codorus Creek case study: Measuring and interpreting seismic refraction data part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction
This unit presents an applied Case Study example and the associated concepts related to designing a seismic survey and analyzing the data. Parts of the instrument are discussed and practical experience simulating ...

Unit 2: How seismic waves travel through the ground part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction
This unit presents core underlying principles needed to understand refraction seismology concepts including refraction of rays, types of seismic waves, interpreting information about subsurface materials from ...

Unit 1: Introducing shallow seismology to explore our subsurface environment part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction
This introductory unit is designed to provide stand-alone introduction to geophysical imaging of the shallow subsurface, motivate students to become invested in the topic, provide career context for these ...

Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction
This module is designed to introduce students to geophysical concepts and related earth science principles to illustrate how geophysics can be used to inform engineering projects in an urban environment. Students ...

Journey Across the Pacific part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This second introductory lesson in GeoMapApp exposes students to bathymetrical survey methods and allows them to explore different bathymetric features of the Pacific Ocean using GeoMapApp. Activity includes both ...

Unit 2: What does GPR data look like? part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Forensic Geophysics Using Ground Penetrating Radar
GPR imaging is more complex than is portrayed in the media. This unit describes what the GPR response for a buried object looks like. This is a distorted image of the object itself. Nevertheless, the response we do ...

Unit 3: Case studies and limitations of GPR part of IGUaNA:Teaching Materials:Forensic Geophysics Using Ground Penetrating Radar
This unit considers some ways to distinguish objects from each other while emphasizing the possibility of misinterpreting data. GPR imaging can be an excellent tool for detecting buried objects. However, as with ...