ERIC Number: ED470959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The NASA SCI Files[TM]: The Case of the Shaky Quake. A Lesson Guide with Activities in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
The NASA SCI Files is a series of instructional programs consisting of broadcast, print, and online elements emphasizing standards-based instruction, problem-based learning, and science as inquiry. The series seeks to motivate students in grades 3-5 to become critical thinkers and active problem solvers. In this program, the tree house detectives feel a strange tremor and begin to think that an earthquake has occurred, which prompts them to investigate plate tectonics and earthquakes. As they begin the investigative process, the detectives get a little help from Michael Lyle, a seismologist at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, VA, Heidi Stenner of the United States Geological Society (USGS), and David Whitman at the National Dinosaur Monument in Utah. They also visit Dr. Carol Tang at the California Academy of Sciences to "experience" an earthquake. Mr. Ron Baalke and Dr. Andrea Donnellan at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) help the detectives come to an amazing discovery as they realize that plate movement is not the only thing that makes the Earth tremble. Johnny Alonzo, who stars in "Dawson's Creek," is the celebrity guest for this episode. The guide features vocabulary, careers, resources, and activities and worksheets. (KHR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Earth Science, Earthquakes, Elementary Education, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities, Plate Tectonics, Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Science Education, Videotape Recordings
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681. Tel: 757-864-7500. For full text: http://spacelink.nasa.gov/Instructional.Materials.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Society of Women Engineers, New York, NY.; Hampton City Schools, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.; Christopher Newport Univ., Newport News, VA.
Note: Dan Green, Mike Young, and Tim Hatok contributed activities and worksheets. The NASA "Why" Files is now the NASA SCIence Files[TM] and is also known as the NASA SCI Files[TM]. Also supported by Busch Gardens, Williamsburg and NASA Learning Technology Project and Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Program Office. Accompanying videotape is not available from ERIC.