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Science and Math Data Projects
PROJECTS: Science and Math Projects from CIESE

The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education(CIESE) develops collaborative and real time data projects for K-12 science and math education. All are FREE to use.

CIESE Collaborative Projects (many will be underway soon)

-- Down the Drain: How Much Water Do You Use?
-- The International Boiling Point Project
-- Human Genetics: A Worldwide Search for the Dominant Trait
-- The Global Water Sampling Project
-- The Global Sun/Temperature Project
-- Square of Life: Studies in Local and Global Environments
-- Bucket Buddies
-- Take a Dip
-- Mission to Eros: Rendezvous with an Asteroid
-- Noonday Project: Measuring the Circumference of the Earth

CIESE Real Time Data Projects (can be used at any time)

-- Navigational Vectors
-- Musical Plates: A Study of Plate Tectonics
-- The Stowaway Adventure
-- The Gulf Stream Voyage
-- Wonderful World of Weather

CIESE Projects Using Primary Sources and Archived Collections (can be used at any time)

-- Historical Treasure Chests
-- Movie in the Making
-- Population Growth Project

Mercedes McKay
Manager of Curriculum Development and Training
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Stevens Institute of Technology
Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-216-8063 Fax: 201-216-8069

Welcome to Bugscope -- The Bugscope project is an educational outreach program for K-12 classrooms. The project provides a resource to classrooms so that they may remotely operate a scanning electron microscope to image "bugs" at high magnification. The microscope is remotely controlled in real time from a classroom computer over the Internet using a web browser. The classroom has ownership of the project - they design their own experiment and provide their own bugs to be imaged in the microscope. The Bugscope project is primarily oriented towards K-12 classrooms and there is no cost to participate in the project.

Schoolyard Ecosystems
NSTA member Jeremy Hillger, who teaches sixth-grade math and science at Inter-Lakes Elementary School in Meredith, NH, is working on a project to complement his unit on ecosystems. "Last year, we spent a good amount of time exploring our schoolyard ecosystem and identifying different plant and animal species," he says. "To take it a step further, I'd like to partner with a teacher from another part of the country and exchange photos and information" about schoolyard plants and animals electronically on a daily basis for a week or two next spring 2002.

Interested teachers should send e-mail to

EPA Sun Wise Project
This project is concerned with the overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. It is an environmental and health education program. A free ToolKit containing cross-curricular lessons and background information for K-8 learning levels is available to all schools that participate in this project.

In addition, there is a SunWise Internet Learning Site and UV Database where students can enter daily UV data, weather conditions, and information regarding sun-protection practices.

To learn more, go to

ARSI Acid Rain Project
This regional project is designed by ARSI. It will investigate the pH of precipitation in the ARSI area. Weekly, students will measure the amount of rainfall and pH at their school site. They will then enter this into the ARSI database . Participating classrooms will formulate and post their hypothesis, and then discuss questions of interest on the classroom forum. Areas of research are unlimited but might involve the weather, location of power plants and metropolitan areas, amounts of rainfall, or altitudes of sampling sites. For more information see

Challenger Learning Center
Operation Montserrat Island allows students to participate as Earth systems science experts. Students interact with the flight director to track a hurricane, predict volcanic rock fall and determine how these conditions will impact Montserrat Island's air, land, water, and vegetation. The mission challenges studenst to apply their mathematics and science knowledge to a real-life event.

Online Science-athon
Teachers are needed for the Online Science-athon. Designed to be engaging and fun, easy to integrate into teaching, and instructive, the challenges include The Marble Roll (force and motion); How Tall Am I? (heredity); and Catching Sunshine (solar energy).

Each challenge takes about 10-12 hours of class time; involves data collection, sharing display, and analysis; and can be done in grades 2-8 at any time between December 2000 and June 2001. For more information, send e-mail to

Access excellence
Share ideas and information in an open forum.

Math Forum
Online community funded by NSF and hosted by Swarthmore College.

The CERES S'COOL Project Sponsored by NASA What is CERES? CERES - Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System - is a high priority scientific satellite instrument which is now orbiting the Earth as part of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise (formerly known as Mission to Planet Earth). Scientists are using it to study the ways in which clouds may affect the Earth's climate. You can find detailed information on CERES at:
What is S'COOL? S'COOL - Students' Cloud Observations On-Line - is a project which involves school children in real science. They provide ground truth measurements to assist in the validation of the CERES instrument. They can also compare the surface- and space-based observations to learn more about clouds and climate. Read a letter describing the project to teachers in more detail.

Monarch Watch
Opportunity to capture, raise, tag, Monarch Butterflies to monitor their migratory paths. Can be used in conjunction with Journey North and Monarch's in the Classroom. Contact Terry Kerns at or

Acid Rain Study
Sponsored by S.W.O.O.P.E.(Students Watching Over Our Planet Earth), this study is a month long collection of precipitation that has been pH tested. Results are sent in via Internet on Friday's. Print-outs of all schools collaborating around the world are sent out weekly. Final reports are sent and put on SWOOPE's web site. Usually done in February and October. Contact Terry Kerns at for information or

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