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WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment

Author/Presenter: 
Libby Gerard
Marcia Linn
Korah Wiley
Allison Bradford
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Free, standards-aligned, and research-based inquiry curricula that address NGSS 3D proficiency. Includes Interactive scientific models plus hands-on activities, personalized guidance, and rich embedded assessments. For teachers, WISE offers a a virtual workshop for customizing WISE units for distance learning.

Hurricane Risk & Impact

Students will use the Hurricane Explorer model to explain and predict how the path and strength of a hurricane can change, investigate real-world case studies on the risk and impact of hurricanes, and explore the effect of rising global temperatures on hurricanes.

Author/Presenter: 
Amy Pallant
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

Students will use the Hurricane Explorer model to explain and predict how the path and strength of a hurricane can change, investigate real-world case studies on the risk and impact of hurricanes, and explore the effect of rising global temperatures on hurricanes.

Plate Tectonics

The Plate Tectonics module "What will Earth look like in 500 million years?" helps students build a systems view of plate tectonics through focused case studies and interactions with the Seismic Explorer (A data visualization tool) and Tectonic Explorer (a dynamic plate tectonics model). 

Author/Presenter: 
Amy Pallant
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2020
Short Description: 

The Plate Tectonics module "What will Earth look like in 500 million years?" helps students build a systems view of plate tectonics through focused case studies and interactions with the Seismic Explorer (A data visualization tool) and Tectonic Explorer (a dynamic plate tectonics model). 

Moon Phases & Eclipses

Moon Phases & Eclipses is a free and innovative 3-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore why the Moon's phase changes.

Author/Presenter: 
WWT Ambassadors Program
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

Moon Phases & Eclipses is a free and innovative 3-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore why the Moon's phase changes.

Seasons

Seasons is a free and innovative 8-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore the causes behind Earth’s seasons.

Author/Presenter: 
WWT Ambassador Program
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

Seasons is a free and innovative 8-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore the causes behind Earth’s seasons.

Tip: Leveraging Your Networks

If you are looking for online resources, many museums, universities, teacher networks, and educational organizations are curating lists. For example, the Exploratorium has created a Learning Toolbox featuring free materials addressing coronavirus science, as well as general science support for at-home learning.

Short Description: 

If you are looking for online resources, many museums, universities, teacher networks, and educational organizations are curating lists. For example, the Exploratorium has created a Learning Toolbox featuring free materials addressing coronavirus science, as well as general science support for at-home learning.

Discipline/Topic: 
Spotlight: 
online learning

Research Quest

Research Quest is a series of science investigations designed to improve students’ critical thinking skills. Registration and use is free! Parents can also sign up free for Research Quest Live, hosted by a live museum education facilitator (https://nhmu.utah.edu/rq-live).

Author/Presenter: 
The Research Quest Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

Research Quest is a series of science investigations designed to improve students’ critical thinking skills. Registration and use is free! Parents can also sign up free for Research Quest Live, hosted by a live museum education facilitator (https://nhmu.utah.edu/rq-live).

A Medical Mystery

A free middle school science program that supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit. Includes the complete middle school science curriculum unit, a teacher’s guide, and an online professional learning course.

Author/Presenter: 
Susan Kowalski et al
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 

A free middle school science program that supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit. Includes the complete middle school science curriculum unit, a teacher’s guide, and an online professional learning course. Visit BSCS' collection of online resources

SageModeler

The SageModeler systems modeling tool facilitates student exploration and understanding of phenomena through the development of their own computational models. Students can validate their models by comparing model output to real-world data sources or output from experimental simulations. The intuitive drag and drop interface for creating and linking system components does not require formal programming or equation writing, making it possible for a wide range of ages and abilities to engage in modeling, systems thinking, and computational thinking.

Author/Presenter: 
The SageModeler Team
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 

The SageModeler systems modeling tool facilitates student exploration and understanding of phenomena through the development of their own computational models. Students can validate their models by comparing model output to real-world data sources or output from experimental simulations. The intuitive drag and drop interface for creating and linking system components does not require formal programming or equation writing, making it possible for a wide range of ages and abilities to engage in modeling, systems thinking, and computational thinking.

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