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Curriculum Connection – Spring 2017
 
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Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Spring 2017 issue: New Technology: Driving Advances in Coastal Science

Focus Questions

  • Describe three technological advances highlighted in this Coastal Heritage issue. What contributions did these types of technologies make to a particular field of study?
  • Trace data storage through history beginning with the invention of the printing press and ending with current data storage options. Describe at least four types in terms of physical size, memory, and other capabilities and/or limitations.
  • What are the pros and cons to technological advances?
  • In your opinion, how will technology help society in the next 50 – 100 years?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Standards!


Conceptual Understanding and Science Standards


1.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

2.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

3.S.1B Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

4.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

4.E.2. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the water cycle and weather and climate patterns.

5.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

6.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology

6.E.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the interactions within Earth’s systems (flow of energy) that regulate weather and climate.

7.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

7.L.4. The student will demonstrate an understanding of how genetic information is transferred from parent to offspring and how environmental factors and the use of technologies influence the transfer of genetic information.

7.L.4A.6 Construct scientific arguments using evidence to support claims concerning the advantages and disadvantages of the use of technology (such as selective breeding, genetic engineering, or biomedical research) in influencing the transfer of genetic information.

8.S.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

H.B.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

Standard H.B.4: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the specific mechanisms by which characteristics or traits are transferred from one generation to the next via genes.

H.C.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

H.P.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology.

H.E.1B. Technology is any modification to the natural world created to fulfill the wants and needs of humans. The engineering design process involves a series of iterative steps used to solve a problem and often leads to the development of a new or improved technology

Lesson Links

Global Positioning System (GPS) Educational Lessons
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a type of technology that has a multitude of uses – including the RAMbLr that was highlighted in this issue of Coastal Heritage. Are you curious about how GPS works and interested in getting your students involved in using this type of technology? Visit http://www.gps.gov/students/ for information on GPS and lessons for use in your classroom, ranging from marine navigation to geodesy. You can also request a free poster on GPS be mailed to you! (9th – 12th grades)

Data Visualization Resources

Among the many advances in technology is the way in which data are visualized and communicated to the public. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a website http://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/data-visualization-resources that provides opportunities for students and teachers to access real-time or near real-time data sets ranging from satellite imagery on weather and climate, hazards, and others. Use these tools to showcase the many ways in which advances in technology are being communicated, or visualized, for the general public. (6th – 12th grades)

Estuaries 101

The National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System has a curriculum, Estuaries 101, which provides a plethora of lessons, videos, resources, and other materials designed to learn about the estuarine ecosystem. One opportunity offered through Estuaries 101 is the opportunity to access water quality and weather data that is generated by the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) – technology that provides real-time or near real-time water quality and weather data. Check out https://coast.noaa.gov/estuaries/curriculum/ for the full suite of lessons – if you want data-specific lessons, select “data” from the drop-down menu under “filters” on the home page. Now that’s some cool technology! (6th – 12th grades)

Sea Level Rise Viewer: Adapting to Climate Change

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Digital Coast has several tools that can be used for understanding coastal processes and impacts. One such tool, the Sea Level Rise Viewer, allows you to see what type of impact sea level rise may have in your area: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slr. For your location, zoom in as close to your school or community as possible. Now, see what a 1-foot sea level rise does to your area. What happens when you increase to 2 feet? 3 feet? What areas are the first to be impacted? How might you prepare for sea level rise in your area?

Technology: Pros and Cons?

What are some of the societal implications of technological advances? Are all advances positive? Negative? A balance? Have groups of your students choose from one of these topics: genetic engineering, sea level rise and/or flood mapping, weather forecasting and/or hurricane tracking, social networking, smartphone apps, and drone usage. Once their topic is decided upon, have students research the history of the topic and how technology has improved our 1) understanding of the topic and 2) societal benefits. Then, challenge your students to identify any trade-offs of negatives associated with the advancement in technology. How does society balance the pros and cons of advances in technology?



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