High-Impact Classroom Earth Science in a STEM World

This NESTA workshop presents exemplary activities addressing fundamental concepts in Earth system science with an emphasis on the solid Earth, STEM practices and the NGSS.

During this NESTA workshop, we will share background science content and engaging hands-on activities that address fundamental concepts in Earth system science with a focus on cycles and processes associated with the solid Earth. We will address the coupled Earth system, the rock cycle, Earth materials, plate tectonics and associated phenomena, and Earth’s magnetic field. We will explore different types of Earth materials and how we use them in society. We will look at simple physical models to understand plate motion and the record of Earth’s magnetism. Participants will engage with hands-on 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: 
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom 203/204
Fee for participation: 
none other than registration for the NSTA conference
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

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