Teacher Day: From Data to Discovery: Lessons on Using Data to Connect Events in Our Environment
SESSION: Teacher Day: From Data to Discovery: Lessons on Using Data to Connect Events in Our Environment
EVENT TYPE: Communities, Education
TIME: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
Speaker(s):Jeff Sale, Diane Baxter
ABSTRACT: A growing challenge teachers face is the need to deliver curriculum anchored in real-world scientific research. This session introduces teachers to some of the growing number of sources for data-oriented curriculum and analysis tools, all freely-available and teacher- and student-friendly.
We begin with a hands-on introduction to the SDSC Discover Data Portal, a collection of freely-available lessons. Participants work with scientific data from fields including astronomy, earth science, marine science, and environmental science, stepping through introductory lessons using simple data analysis tools such as Excel to more advanced lessons using analysis tools such as Octave (a free Matlab-like program).
Teachers will learn how to generate their own Google Map and Google Earth “Mashup” visualizations of earthquake data, climate models, and gulf oil spill simulations.
Teachers will then explore some of the educational resources within the TeraGrid Science Gateways, including the LEAD Gateway on climate modeling and NanoHub, the nanotechnology Gateway.