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Using the reflection seen in the bowl of a spoon as an example, this resource describes how an everyday childhood observation can lead to understanding how curved mirrors are used in telescopes and satellite dishes. This resource is from PUMAS -... (View More)

This math example shows how to calculate the distance one can see from different heights using trigonometry. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers... (View More)

Keywords: Trigonometry; Cosine
Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This resource uses an everyday example of walking a dog as a context where students can observe changes in shadows over the course of a day, and deduce that light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion. The activity is from PUMAS -... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

This chapter provides background information to teachers about remote sensing. Topics include the electromagnetic spectrum, sensors and platforms, scale and resolution, geographic information systems, and ground truthing images. The reading is... (View More)

Students critically interpret graphical data and evaluate and discuss the difficulties inherent in interpreting and forecasting long and short term trends in this introductory climate change investigation. Graphs of data needed for this exercise are... (View More)

Students will research and evaluate information about global warming, identify decision-making criteria for action or lack of action, and decide what level of certainty is sufficient to take action. They should debate the issue of when we know... (View More)

In this activity serving as an introduction to remote sensing, students list what they remember seeing in a familiar environment, check their accuracy, and discuss the results. Then they apply their experiences and new skills to an unfamiliar... (View More)

Students will first try to imagine what their school and neighborhood look like from “A Bird’s Eye View” and draw a detailed picture. They will follow this with a study of an aerial photo of their town. Materials required for this activity... (View More)

Keywords: Geography

This introductory chapter for educators provides background information to support classroom investigations of global climate change. Topics addressed include the structure and composition of the atmosphere, General Circulation Models (GCMs), 2xCO2... (View More)

Students will compare aerial photos of their area from the past with current photos, noting differences and then conducting ground truth investigations to determine what happened. Finally, students will use the information they gather about past... (View More)