PLACE-BASED TEACHING WITH THE MID-CONTINENT RIFT: USING GEOLOGIC AND GEOPHYSICAL SIGNATURE OF THE MCRS TO EDUCATE ABOUT TECTONICS
A week-long workshop was held at Michigan Tech in August 2014 for a group of formal and informal educators from the Midwest. The workshop was designed to provide training and build experience using geological and geophysical methods to investigate the MCRS. The educators engaged in activities that they could use in their respective educational facilities and began developing a content set for the IRIS Active Earth Monitor. The development of this Active Earth Monitor content set is unique in that teams consisting of both formal and informal educators were paired to create the content pages. The formal educators (classroom teachers from grades 8-16) shared ways for teaching how and why we know what we know about the MCR and how to relate that to state and national science standards. The informal educators (from national, state and regional parks) taught the classroom teachers about how to capture the viewer's attention and how to help people relate to the MCRS on a personal level.