Ocean acidification is a phenomenon related to current global climate changes, and is becoming a major threat to marine ecosystems ranging from tropical coral reefs to the chilly waters of the Antarctic. In this lesson, students observe and investigate the mechanisms driving ocean acidification. The lesson and lab make connections to basic chemical principles such as acids/bases and the pH scale.
Graduate Fellow Meg Eckles & Teacher Partner Jeff Kepper
Ecology is a grand synthesis of biological interactions, and can be overwhelming in its complexity. Using the biology of bees as a guide, we have developed curriculum designed to make these interactions and relationships more accessible to students.
Graduate Fellow Sheila Walsh & Teacher Partner Frank Luera
San Diego bird biodiversity is used as a case study to teach students about biodiversity patterns and processes (San Diego is a biodiversity hotspot, and is threatened with habitat loss).
Graduate Fellow Nellie Shaul & Teacher Partner Lisa Yoneda
1: A year-long activity in which students design and implement a water sampling and analysis plan to look for presence of baking and cooking spices in local water supplies. 2: Introduces students to the experiment toxicologists use to determine how toxic substances are to model organisms. 3: This lesson introduces students to solid phase extraction chromatography.
Graduate Fellow Ignacio Vilchis & Teacher Partner Jennifer Jackson
Students explore seabird evolution over geologic time. The lifestyle of seabirds dictates the shape and size of their wings. Graphing this ratio helps students understand and illustrate these adaptations.
Graduate Fellow John Goeltz & Teacher Partner Rachel Stein
1: Students explore the concept of activation energy kinesthetically. 2: Students experimentally determine relative densities of recycleable plastics and solutions.
Graduate Fellow Lindsay Lewellyn & Teacher Partner Darci Kimball
RNA interference is explored through the use of nematodes. Students deplete proteins in the roundworms and watch as the worms become short and fat.
Graduate Fellow Jillian Blatti & Teacher Partner Jenelle Javier
Students explore the principles behind biofuels.
Graduate Fellow Gloriana Gallegos Trujillo & Teacher Partner Jessica McSwain
Students explore biodiversity, genetics, and ecology through the discovery of nematodes in their local soil.
Graduate Fellow Kate Hanson & Teacher Partner Rachel Stein
Students observe and investigate the mechanisms driving ocean acidification. The lesson and lab make connections to basic chemical principles such as acids/bases and the pH scale.
Graduate Fellow Johnnie Lyman & Teacher Partner Duke Raley
Using fluorescent beads, students explore the use of light as an investigative tool in oceanography. Using this knowledge, they then analyze a real deep-sea scenrio involving changes in lead concentration off the coast of San Diego.