Case studies are currently being developed based on projects/products developed within Ed-PARC for natural resources and agriculture. These studies will be in a format approriate for use in school settings and will be made available when completed. The case studies presently underway are:
This instructional module will be designed and constructed to answer the following questions:
Initial development of the module will be a joint effort between the University of Montana Ed-PARC members and cooperating teachers, and the Region 1 Montana Forest Service. The Cascade Science Program (Cascade High School, Cascade, MT) has agreed to participate in collecting and processing data, writing instructional materials and pilot testing the modules. The module will include a video on the effects of fire in the ecosystem and a CD called "Farside" featuring the process used to practice prescribed burns in the forest service.
EdPARC members from South Dakota State University and Montana State University and their cooperating teachers will design and construct an instructional module to answer the following questions.
The case study will utilize data collected at three sites in Montana and South Dakota. These sites are representative of three different ecosystems. The Montana sites are in Flathead County and Liberty County where mint and small grains, respectively, are grown. Corn and soybeans are grown at the South Dakota site. To the extent possible, already existing data for the sites will be utilized for the case study. It will be necessary, however, to collect some additional data at the sites and from the Internet. Datasets to be utilized for the case study include soil types and nutrients, topography, farming practices, climate and weather, weeds and pests, crop yield and satellite and aircraft imagery. ArcView GIS software will be used to integrate, analyze and visualize the data.
Science and Mathematics Teaching Center, University of Wyoming