Web-Based Science Networks
Water What-ifs is a Web site for encouraging inquiry investigations of water
quality in North Carolina and Delaware. Students engage in water quality
testing to monitor specific parameters in local sources of water. Data is
collected and analyzed to compare the ecological health of different bodies of
water in these two states.
One Sky, Many Voices
The mission of the One Sky, Many Voices Project is to create innovative,
inquiry-based K-12 weather curricula that utilize current technologies such as
CD-ROMs and the World Wide Web for the interactive study of current weather
and air quality. Students, teachers, parents and scientists can participate from
classrooms, homes, or other educational settings. Four-week and eight-week
programs centered around environmental science themes are featured at this
Web site. Programs run during set time periods so that individuals worldwide
can coordinate their learning with many other participants.
Estuary-Net is an excellent Web site for teachers to use guided inquiry learning
activities in their classroom. Estuary-Net was developed by the National
Estuarine Research Reserve System in response to water quality issues arising
in coastal areas. This project strives to develop collaborations among high
schools, community volunteer water quality monitoring groups, local officials,
state Coastal Zone Management (CZM) programs and National Estuarine Research
Reserves (NERRS) to solve non-point source pollution problems in estuaries and
their watersheds. This
Web site provides comprehensive information about characteristics of
estuaries, estuarine ecology, water quality monitoring, and quality assurance,
quality control, and standard operating procedures of a water quality
This Web site provides many classroom activities from the Estuary-Net
curriculum. The classroom activities are divided into three levels in order to
provide various degrees of involvement in the subject, ranging from lab
experiments to single field experiences to long-term monitoring. The benefit of
this scaffolding is that schools which do
not have easy access to watershed areas can still participate in the
Estuary-Net activities by engaging in hands-on/minds-on laboratory activities.
All Estuary-Net activities contain objectives, assessments, time needed,
materials, procedures, and hypotheses.
WhaleNet is a collaborative project of the biology departments at Wheelock
College and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. It is an educational site
devoted to whales, whale research, the marine habitat and environment studies.
Students are encouraged to use telecommunications tools to ask researchers
questions on-line in the "Ask a scientist" area. The Satellite Tagging
Observation Program (STOP) electronically tracks whales to study their
movements and migrations. STOP includes data and observations including
satellite tracking maps. Teachers are able to download a variety of tracking
maps for use in their classrooms. Curricular lesson plans are included to guide
the study of the range of whale movement during their migrations.
WhaleNet also contains an area of curricular activities which provide ideas on
how to use the WhaleNet data and information for a variety of topics including
navigation, water testing, plankton tow and analysis, data collection, photo
identification of whales, bathymetry, topographic models of the ocean bottom
marine pollution and data analysis.
NASA's Quest Projects
These projects, which are also called Sharing NASA , allow students to share in
the excitement of NASA's authentic scientific and engineering pursuits like
flying the shuttle and International Space Station, exploring distant planets
with amazing spacecraft, and aeronautics/airplane research. In these project
students engage in scientific content and process with NASA scientists.
Discourse is facilitated with online chats, e-mail Q&A and live audio/video
The Albatross Project
This project uses sensitive satellites in space, miniature transmitters on
birds, and rapid e-mail communications to investigate the travels of albatross
on the open ocean.
EnviroNet at Simmons College
EnvironNet contains many scientific monitoring projects that students can
participate in. All projects involve hands-on science activities which include
data analysis and synthesis.
The Roadkill Project is designed to involve students and teachers with
scientific monitoring and telecommunications and to increase participant
awareness of motor vehicle hazards with wildlife. This site is guaranteed to
bring about stimulating discussion in your classroom.
Biological Timing Online Science Experiment
Using the Internet, you can participate in a real science experiment conducted
at the Center for Biological Timing. View live images and actual experiment
results, analyze real-time data, form hypotheses, suggest variables for new
experiments, and share conclusions with other scientists from all over the
world. Two experiments, one designed for middle school students and one for
K-4 students are provided.
The Classroom BirdWatch program,enhances student observation skills,
core science content and process skills objectives, promotes creativity, and
lends itself to student inquiry opportunities. Students collect bird data and can
access an interactive bird research database. Students publish their findings,
ideas and artwork in a national newsletter, Classroom Birdscope.
The JASON Project
The JASON Project uses telecommunications technologies called telepresence
to transport millions of students to the expedition research sites live via
satellite. Telepresence allows students at Primary Interactive Network Sites
throughout the United States, Bermuda, the United Kingdom and Mexico to watch
the expedition live, interact with scientists and control live-feed video
audio and data signals originate from the simultaneous live broadcasts. The
broadcasts are then downlinked to the primary sites, all in less than half a
A multi-disciplinary curriculum is distributed to all JASON
Project-participating teachers early in the school year to ensure students are
well-versed in the
scientific principles they'll encounter during the live broadcasts. As part of the
curriculum, students are encouraged to perform a variety of local field
investigations using the same scientific methods employed by scientists at the
The GLOBE Program
The GLOBE (Global learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)
Program is a world-wide network of students, teachers and scientists engaged
in a tele-collaboration project to do meaningful real-life science. In the
GLOBE Program,students make environmental observations and report their data
findings on the Internet. Scientists use the students' data to formulate
atmospheric models, then provide feedback to the students. The measurements
conducted by the students include air temperature, cloud observations,
precipitation, surface water temperature and pH, soil moisture, biometrics,
land cover assessment and species identification. Students also share findings
and communicate with other students using e-mail from the web site. GLOBE
includes excellent descriptions of equipment
and procedures for data acquisition and a user-friendly searchable data
archive. The unique aspect of the GLOBE Program is that students are
interactive partners with scientists.
SC Butterfly Project
This project tracks butterflies with student-gathered data in South Carolina.
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