Curriculum Development Programs
Harnessing online resources from scientific, government,
and commercial databases, CIESE has partnered with a
variety of organizations to create award-winning educational
materials designed to involve students in problem-solving,
critical thinking, and online telecollaboration with
other students and subject-matter experts. Our projects
use U.S. Geological Survey data to engage students in
an inquiry-based module on plate tectonics; student-collected
data on genetic traits; and a commercial database on
ships at sea in a study of relative velocity, and a wide
range of other Internet-based real world data, to connect
classroom learning to the real world.
Current curriculum development projects currently underway
This NSF-funded research project under the ITEST program, employs an innovative student design challenge: building robots from LEGO and other parts that can perform a series of increasingly complex sophisticated tasks – underwater. The underwater environment presents unique challenges that require students to problem-solve using deepening levels of science understanding, the iterative design process, teamwork and communication, and information technology.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Modeling
Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, CIESE developed an online module for high school students entitled Air Quality: Learning Science with Models, EPA's Internet Geographic Exposure Modeling System (IGEMS/ISC). This material promotes student participation in scientific inquiry and use of models for the prediction of potential exposure associated with the release of chemicals to air.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Particulates Matter
Particulates Matter (PM), will enhance awareness of current
environmental health hazards posed by fine particle
pollution through integration of the EPA’s new
particulate real time data source. This curriculum
involves the collection, recording and analysis of
real time PM data to engage students in authentic “real
world” scientific investigations into issues
related to particulate matter pollution, building upon
a previous EPA-sponsored project, Air
Unlike traditional textbook lessons, these inquiry-based
science materials place student learning in the context
of real events. As a result, teachers, students, parents
and other educational stakeholders will learn about
PM and its health effects. Through these materials,
students will learn to think critically, and enhance
problem solving and decision making skills.
Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE)
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic
Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (MA-COSEE)
is a consortia of scientists and educators working
together to advance ocean discovery and make known
the vital role of the ocean in our lives. COSEE's goal
is to integrate research and education programs to
encourage lifelong learning experiences, reaching out
especially to K-12 educators and students, coastal
managers, families and under-served audiences. One
specialized task of the MA-COSEE is to bring the real-time
data generated from the coastal ocean observatories
to user groups. As a partner in the MA-COSEE, CIESE
will coordinate development of Internet-based curricula
that will support the use of the real-time data by
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CTDEP)
Clean School Bus Project
CIESE has been commissioned by the Connecticut Department
of Environmental Protection to develop curriculum and
professional development materials to accompany the clean
school bus technology being employed by the state's school
districts as part of the EPA's
School Bus initiative.
on the success of the "Is Your Bus Exhausting?" air
quality curriculum that CIESE created for Norwich, CT,
CIESE is collaborating with Bridgeport teachers on the
integration of the curriculum into their classrooms.
The professional development will consist of a combination
of face-to-face and Internet-based asynchronous sessions.
CIESE will develop and oversee the sessions.
To see existing CIESE curriculum projects, go to: http://www.ciese.org/currichome.html