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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope: Analyzing Authentic Scientific Phenomena

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope: Analyzing Authentic Scientific Phenomena

Three broad types of learning – learning that, learning how, and learning why – each correspond to one of three main human brain divisions.

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope is a collaborative high school science project that combines traditional hands-on fieldwork with web-based geospatial technology and other tools to help students build a rich understanding of the ecosystem around them. Students use National Geographic FieldScope, a web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool, to investigate water quality issues in and around the Chesapeake Bay. In the classroom, students learn about the bay using a multimedia database of scientific information. In the field, students gather their own scientific observations (such as water quality samples, written notes, or digital photos of wildlife) and then upload them to the FieldScope database. All database information is organized as points on a map, providing an intuitive geospacial format to scaffold student learning.

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