Local resources with global connections
Coming July 2020
Our curriculum collections include unique and carefully curated resources to help educators facilitate or design locally relevant investigations utilizing real-world data and phenomena. Explore. Share. Shape the Basin's future scientists!
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As coastal communities are faced with the reality of the effects of climate change they must grapple with tough decisions. In this collection, your students can exlpore the real-world causes and consequences of sea-level rise on the coastal community of Isle de Jean Charles.
Choices are often made with the best of intentions, but the future is never certain. In this collection, your students can explore the causes of coastal land loss, the proposed solutions, and test out their own ideas on how to protect the city of Phoenix.
As communities grow and prosper they require additional space, but what does this mean for the wetlands that border these urban areas? In this collection, your students will explore stakeholder perspectives, the consequences of the loss of wetlands, and possible alternatives to the destruction of these valuable resources.
Urban landscapes often sacrifice wild spaces. New Orleans was built on what was once cypress swamp and marsh. In this collection, your students can explore the project to restore the urban marsh at the mouth of Bayou St. John, track the evolution of the marsh, and design their own urban marsh restoration project.
Plastic seems to be an unavoidable part of our daily lives, and recycling attempts to address some of the issues this creates. However, it is often what we cannot see that can cause unexpected damage. In this collection, your students can explore the origin of microplastics, where we find them, and alternatives to plastic that could help curb this tide of microscopic fragments.
When we test water and find contaminants, can we always know the source of the pollution? Point versus non-point source pollution, what does that mean? In this collection, your students will explore water pollution, identify sources of pollution, and solve a mystery by tracking pollution to its most likely source.
Is the water safe? What do we mean by safe? What are we looking for and how do we find it? In this collection, your students can explore a variety of water quality parameters, uncover what they mean for the health of our estuary, and use EPA guidelines to solve the mystery of whether or not we can swim in Lake Pontchartrain.