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HS-ESS1-4 Area 51 Orbiting Space Satellite 

Students will use mathematical models to predict the motion of of the International Space Station orbiting Earth over Area 51

 This task was developed by Audrey Yurtinus in collaboration with Jason Steffen, Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Link to Student Guide

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HS-LS2-7 Will the Water Run Dry?

Anthropogenic changes in the environment like overexploitation of a water source can disrupt the ecosystem and threaten the survival of humans. Evaluate and construct an explanation for the real world problem of excessive water withdrawal from the Colorado River, which no longer flows to the ocean, changing the dynamics of the system. How has the Colorado River changed in regards to usage and how has that impacted the system in regards to the flow of the Colorado River in the Pacific Ocean?

 

This task was developed by Wendy Schmett in collaboration with Callan Glover at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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HS-PS1-7 Bristlecone Pine

Students will make scientific claims by using mathematical representation focusing on the atoms, and therefore mass, that are conserved during photosynthesis reactions occurring by the bristlecone pine in Nevada. 

 

This task was developed by Carolina Mendez in collaboration with Erica Marti, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. To learn more about Erica Marti, please see her biographical poster here.

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HS-PS4.C Storm Warnings from Space

Students will use their understanding of how technological tools based on electromagnetic waves and their interactions with matter can be used to store and interpret data to analyze weather satellite data to recognize and explain meteorological patterns indicative of Nevada dust storms and develop a public weather warning.

This task was developed by Anne Twomey in collaboration with Dan Berc at the National Weather Service. To learn more about Dan Berc, please see his biographical poster here.

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HS-PS4-5 Finding a Fault

Students will evaluate and communicate technical information in at least two formats (orally, graphically, textually, sketch modeling, or mathematically) indicating how two modern technologies are based on the understanding of waves and their interactions with matter. These contemporary platforms exist because light interacts with photoelectric materials causing electrons to be emitted when these materials absorb light of a high enough frequency and result in producing, transmitting, and capturing signals and interpreting the information contained in them.

 This task was developed by Mickey Smith in collaboration with Trent Keenan of Diamondback Land Surveying. Link to Student Guide

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