Using Natural Hazards as a Hook in the Earth and Space Science Classroom

This NESTA workshop highlights effective approaches for leveraging dramatic natural events to engage your students and bring your classroom to life with high-impact hands-on activities!

We are frequently reminded of the power of Earth processes and their impact on our lives through natural hazard events. The drama of these events, covered extensively in the media, provides a powerful interdisciplinary hook for engaging young people with the Earth sciences. Humanity exists with geologic consent, and it is essential that future citizens understand natural hazards, what causes them, and how to survive and mitigate them, where possible.

This NESTA workshop identifies critical natural hazards, their Earth system science connections, and the underlying processes behind them through hands-on and literacy-based activities. Participants will engage with activities that utilize NGSS cross-cutting concepts to unite core ideas and incorporate science and engineering practices, ensuring that they will leave the workshop knowing how to use them in their classroom. Activities are aligned to the current National Science Education Standards, and relevance to the NRC Framework for Science Education and the NGSS will be highlighted. Participants receive a handout with links to free resources available on the NESTA and Windows to the Universe educational websites. Windows to the Universe has been developed with sponsorship from NSF, NASA, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and university sponsors since 1995.

Venue name if any: 
Hyatt Regency Denver, Centennial A/B/C
Fee for participation: 
none other than registration for the NSTA conference
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:00am to 9:00am

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