2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
Paper No. 29-35
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

BRINGING NSF-MARGINS SCIENCE TO THE UNDERGRADUATE CLASSROOM

GOODWILLIE, Andrew M., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, REED, Donald, Geology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA 95192-0102, RYAN, Jeff, Geology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 3362, ryan@shell.cas.usf.edu, MANDUCA, Cathryn A., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, HICKEY-VARGAS, Rosemary, Earth and Environment, Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199, GOODLIFFE, Andrew, Geological Sciences, Univ of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, and ABERS, Geoff, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY 10964

The MARGINS program focuses on the coordinated, interdisciplinary investigation of four fundamental research initiatives: the Seismogenic Zone Experiment (SEIZE), the Subduction Factory (SubFac), Rupturing Continental Lithosphere (RCL), and Sediment Dynamics and Strata Formation (Source to Sink). An educational and outreach program began in 2005 to broadly communicate the impact of MARGINS science to the wider earth sciences community and general public. Current educational activities include, but are not limited to, web-delivered resources for use in undergraduate education, and specific programs and events, such as student paper awards, workshops for developing educational resources, and a visiting distinguished lectureship series.

MARGINS mini-lessons are web-based undergraduate teaching modules that use cutting-edge resources to bring MARGINS science to the classroom. Each mini-lesson includes an educator’s guide, information on the data sets and resources, suggested assessment rubrics and a link for evaluation/feedback. Thirty mini-lessons can now be accessed through the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (http://serc.carleton.edu) with more additions planned in the near future. The mini-lessons are scaled for use ranging from short, in-class, interactive activities or illustrations to multi-session units, and span both introductory and upper division geoscience classes. Examples of mini-lesson topics include: chemical inputs/outputs at subduction zones, sediment production and distribution across margins, ocean topography and flexural rigidity, volcanic arcs of Central America and the Izu-Bonin-Mariana system, continental margin morphology, and the East African Rift. A multi-session activity includes a virtual voyage based on the NanTroSEIZE project to drill the seismogenic zone in the Nankai Trough, which introduces students to the evolution of a MARGINS research project through the use of short video clips, virtual data acquisition and linked questions. Students gain experience with data analysis and interpretation resulting in the creation of professional-quality scientific abstracts. The Geosciences (GEO) and Education and Human Resources (EHR) directorates of the National Science Foundation support the MARGINS research program and educational outreach, respectively.

2009 Portland GSA Annual Meeting (18-21 October 2009)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 29--Booth# 95
Geoscience Education (Posters)
Oregon Convention Center: Hall A
9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday, 18 October 2009

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, No. 7, p. 96

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