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Interactive Investigations

These investigations combine science content with the math required to solve problems, make measurements, and do calculations.  Observations and data-collection are important parts of these websites.  Learners can choose to participate online or read about the investigations done by other people.

For additional resources, read about “Data Analysis, Probability & Statistics, and Graphing.”

Screen shot from siteGLOBE
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is an international network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.  Students from more than 15,000 schools/learning centers in more than 100 countries make environmental observations and report data through the Internet.

Screen shot from siteThe Journey North-A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
This Annenberg/CPB Math & Science Project is a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. Students share their own field observations with others across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of animals, the budding of plants, changing sunlight, and other natural events. The general public is also welcome to participate.

Screen shot from siteS’COOL
Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line is a project involving students in real science. Students provide “ground truth” measurements to assist in the validation of the CERES satellite instruments. Students learn about clouds, climate, and coordinates while they read tables and charts to determine when CERES will pass over their particular spot on Earth. All that is needed is an instructor, students, Internet access, a place to observe the sky, and a convenient satellite. S’COOL currently reaches over 1700 schools in all 50 U.S. states and in over 60 other countries. The website is available in Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Thai, and Japanese versions.

To submit ideas and resources for this section, please contact Susan Cowles.