EarthScope Chronicles Series via YouTube

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Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
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7 8 9 10 11 12
Summary:"Meet the scientists from the National Science Foundation's EarthScope program! This innovative program is essentially a network of observatories acting as an Earth """"telescope"""" focused on the exterior and interior structure and dynamics of our planet. To bring the program to lofe for students in grades 7-12, TERC and MCLEAN Media have produced the EarthScope Chronicles, a collection of 25 short videos highlighting the work and personal stories of EarthScope scientists that involve students in data-based investigations connected to the scientists' research. Consider the story of geophysicist Jenny Nakai, a graduate student, whose work includes building an earthquake catalog for the Rio Grande Region. Nakai describes her interest in engineering and science as a means to solve problems and stresses the importance of education in the Navajo culture. She further explains how resource extraction such as coal mining has negatively impacted Navajo land, and how in the past, few tribal members had the knowledge or training to deal with related environmental issues. Today, Nakai shares what she has learned with others and helps scientists communicate their findings to the broader community."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 3; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.B; ESS3.A; ESS3.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-3; MS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; coal; earthquake; earthscope; geology; geophysics; high school; middle school; mining; nsf; video
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