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Investigations

Through the National Science Teachers Association many publications are available which emphasize investigation in environmental studies. Here is a brief digest of titles: (1)Environmental Education: Teachers Resource Handbook; (2)Environmental Science: High School Science Fair Experiments; (3) World Resources (more than 150 tables, charts, maps, etc on 146 countries); (4) Environmental Science Activities Kit (land use, wildlife, water, air, energy, human use); and (5)Energy Sources and Natural Fuels.

The Pillbug Project: A Guide to Investigation by Robin Burnett is targeted to young primary-aged children and offers a far more challenging and comprehensive approach to investigation than the typical beanplant project (which most youngsters today have experienced since their first enrollment in nursery school).It can be ordered through NSTA.

NPTN sponsors a collaboratory at which students can advertize their proposed experiments with a call for others to participate.

In the WhyFiles, developed at the National Center for Science Education and sponsored by NSF, fast-breaking news events are explored from the perspective of underlying science concepts. The graphics are well-done. All in all, this resource serves as a good motivator.EurekAlert, produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a more sophisticated version of the WhyFiles; the weekly news digests are presented for researchers. Still, the thrill of discovery is present and why not reach for it.

Science News, a weekly magazine with up to date reports about diverse topics, is now online.

ReekoScience warns its viewers to put on goggles before beginning its home experiments in flottion, pressure, light etc. It draws in its audience by banners, such as what goes up doesn't always come down and plants are more than boring green decorations.

The National Science Teachers Association includes stories of Native Americans and accompanying teacher guides in their catalog in the section on environmental studies. Some Native American groups oppose the designation of "first environmentalists"; to them the earth and atmosphere were intrinsic to Native American culture rather than topics to be isolated for study. Others welcome the inclusion of their stories in this domain. For more information try http://minerva. cis.yale.edu/~lisamc/native_html or http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/ nativeweb or http://www.hevanet.com/rdavis/Tlingit.html/ or http://www.law.uoknor.edu/ushist.html/ or http://www.phoenix.net/~martikw. Earth Measure, developed by an archaelogist, shows Native American geometry.

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From these collections may spring ideas for your own telecommunications projects. For example, if your school is situated at a high elevation, students could compare data remotely with a classroom of students located at sea level (a student posting on the Global SchoolNet Foundation project registry). When students can claim telecommunications for themselves, they will perceive its value.

Encouraging students to check science magazines weekly prevents the stale bread syndrome in schools. Also, you can save your school library some funds.

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