2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October 3 November 2010)
Paper No. 224-8
Presentation Time: 10:00 AM-10:15 AM


MYERS, Robert J.1, SCHWERIN, Theresa1, and BLANEY, Lynn2, (1) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Ste 901, Arlington, VA 22209, bob_myers@strategies.org, (2) Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, 1600 Wilson Blvd. Ste 901, Arlington, VA 22209

The Earth System Science Educational Alliance (ESSEA) through the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has developed a series of modules on Earth system science topics. To date, over 50 educational modules have been developed. The primary purpose of these modules is to provide inquiry-based geoscience courses for in- and pre-service teachers. A typical course designed for teachers consists of from three to five modules. Course delivery methods range from totally online to a hybrid method which combines some classroom time with online learning. Recently, under NASA’s Global Climate Change Education (GCCE) initiative, IGES was tasked to develop 16 new climate literacy modules. This presentation will address the development of eight of the modules. For example, two of the modules recently developed under this program address the topics of sunspots and thermal islands. "Sunspots” is a problem-based learning module in which students are provided resources and sample investigations related to the topic. The history of sunspot observations, the structure of sunspots and the possible role sunspots may have in Earth’s climate are explored. Students are then asked to determine what effects a continued minimum in sunspot activity may have on the climate system. The “Thermal Islands” module addresses the heat island effect of large metropolitan areas. How heat islands are produced and the role of urban heat islands in exacerbating heat waves are two of the topics covered in the resources. In this problem-based learning module, students are asked to think of mitigating strategies for these thermal islands as Earth’s urban population grows over the next 50 years. Teachers will leave with new resources and a model to use in classroom implementation.

2010 GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October 3 November 2010)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 224
Geoscience Education III: Professional Development and Resources
Colorado Convention Center: Room 201
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 5, p. 531

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