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Bering Sea Expedition
http://seagrant.uaf.edu/marine-ed/curriculum/grade-8/investigation-3.html

Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum, Alaska Sea Grant

In this investigation learners research the effects of melting sea ice in the Bering Sea Ecosystem. They create research proposals to earn a place on the scientific research vessel Healy and present their findings and proposals to a Research Board committee.

Activity takes 6 to 8 class periods. Computer with internet access required.

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About the Science

  • Webquest, which is the heart of this activity, includes links to many current sources (NOAA, NASA, WHOI etc.) of information about the Bering Sea as an ecosystem.
  • Accompanying video features current scientific work underway in Bering Sea.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The science is in a great video that is linked to the site. It's a very dramatic, catchy video, good for the academic levels targeted here.

About the Pedagogy

  • The investigation provides an imaginative context for the main webquest activity i.e. the development of a research proposal for an icebreaker mission.
  • This is a much more open-ended investigation may require some clear guidance.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • A few of the links to resources did not work - need to be checked before doing the activity.

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