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This module focuses on the population of mountain gorillas living in the central highland area of Africa. The module looks at human activity around the gorilla habitat and how that activity is threatening the survival of the remaining gorillas.

In this problem-based learning module, students work in teams to examine a broad array of information related to water quality in Lower Wheeling Creek and the Wheeling Creek watersheds in Wheeling, West Virginia. This module is part of Exploring the... (View More)

Keywords: Water quality
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This problem-based learning module focuses on the dilemma of wetlands management. The module is based upon the continued debate over the restoration of the natural cycle of water to the Florida Everglades. Students are challenged to perform an Earth... (View More)

In this problem-based learning module, students focus on issues related to understanding the nature and transmission of the Rift Valley fever virus, a virus that causes the death of large numbers of livestock in Kenya and in much of sub-Saharan... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This module include four problem-based learning scenarios related to volcanoes and emphasize different kinds of volcanic hazards and geologic processes. The four scenarios are: whether to build a new high school in the shadow of a restless volcanic... (View More)

Keywords: Volcano types
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this problem-based learning activity, students help the Forest Service make a decision: the next time there's a natural fire in Yellowstone National Park, should they try to put it out or let it burn? They perform an Earth system science analysis... (View More)

In this problem-based learning activity, students work in teams to review the many issues that surround ozone depletion. They will evaluate the current status of the Montreal Protocol, considering the interrelationships of Earth's spheres, including... (View More)

Keywords: Ozone depletion
Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this problem-based learning module, groups of students take on the role of environmental consultants and will research and provide information on the environmental conditions and economic impact that will accompany a developing El Niño. They... (View More)

Keywords: Economic impacts
Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this problem-based learning activity, students will examine opposing views on the Amazon Rainforest and will take a position on land-use and species conservation in one of the last areas of biodiversity on Earth. This activity is part of... (View More)

Keywords: Biodiversity
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This activity introduces students to what a digital image is and how it relates to the real world. It involves a simple training exercise on making linear and area measurements using NIH Image software. The activity is part of Exploring the... (View More)

Keywords: Image analysis
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free