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

Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum, Alaska Sea Grant

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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Middle School: 1 Performance Expectation, 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 3 Cross Cutting Concepts, 5 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 1 Performance Expectation, 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 5 Cross Cutting Concepts, 5 Science and Engineering Practices

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Teaching Tips

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 content 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 an open-ended investigation and may require some clear guidance.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • As of Oct 2016 all of the necessary links worked. But it is wise to check them before doing the activity.

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