BVSD Earth Science Workshop
Our staff presented a workshop to teachers from Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and St. Vrain Valley School District on October 19, 2009. The topic of the workshop was working together to support BVSD's new high school Earth science course. This page lists (and links to) resources presented by Randy Russell at the workshop.
Other resources presented at the workshop can be found here.
- Virtual Ballooning [atmosphere] worksheet
- Molecule pages, atmospheric chemistry and composition [chemistry]
- Magnetism - magnetometer, extensions, terrabagga, magnetic levitation (predicting & quantifying) [physics] - get a "feel" for shapes of magnetic fields before studying the math
- CO2 sources and sinks activity - - carbonic acid (chemistry teachers) and BTB; quantifying CO2/acid amounts - student inquiry in deciding how; ties to climate change (ocean acidification, etc.)
- Poles in Space - home, image gallery, etc.
- Very Simple Climate Model [modelling]
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