Department of Sciences
Maine East High School / Oakton College
Glacial Isostatic Adjustment part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
The activity begins with a hands-on lab students design to consider the relationship between increasing masses loaded on a viscous medium. Students then investigate the Antarctic ice sheet and Pleistocene glacial maximums using ArcGIS Explorer. The activity is wrapped up by considering glacial isostatic adjustment of rebound centers in Canada over the past 6000 years. Throughout the activity, students are coached to practice their scientific writing skills with through a series of guiding questions.
Architectural stone investigation - What makes great buildings? part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
This small group research project, and accompanying field trip, gives students an opportunity to investigate issues related to city planning, building design and usage, and earth materials used as architectural stone.
Geology - Dual Credit part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Courses
Physical Geology laboratory-based course plus a Historical Geology component.
Introduction to Earth Systems Science part of Quantitative Skills:Courses
This course is an introduction to Earth Systems Science. Earth Systems Science is the study of the complex interrelationships between materials and energy in the atmosphere and in the solid, fluid, and living Earth. Systems Science also involves the study of human interactions with these natural systems. In this course, we will investigate the fundamental processes that drive these systems, focusing on the measurement and representation, and response to change over time. These topics will be presented within the context of a global perspective. During the course we will solve quantitative problems and use mathematical models to describe and assess the impact of humans on Earth's systems. In the lab, we will have an opportunity to observe, measure, and model these systems. The lab activities will be presented in the framework of problems to be solved, and will involve critical thinking in addition to using the language of mathematics. To help us evaluate the interactions between Earth's systems, we will become familiar with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and the STELLA Earth systems simulation software.