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Science Objects are two hour learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Teachers can access any topic “on demand” from the Internet. Topics are based on the science literacy goals in the national standards (NSES, Science for All Americans, Benchmarks, and the Atlas of Scientific Literacy) and tied to state standards.
Each Science Object provides an understanding of the science content by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena and are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects utilize the five phases of inquiry-based learning: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate
- Trace the path of a carbon atom from the atmosphere through a biomass pyramid and ultimately back to the atmosphere
- Describe how photosynthesis and consumer respiration affect the flow of carbon through an ecosystem
- Predict the biological effects of increasing levels of atmospheric carbon due to the massive combustion of fossil fuels
- Identify the process that emits carbon to the atmosphere from producers, consumers and decomposers