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The Cognitive & Educational Implications Of Color Use In Drawing To Learn, Juliana F.M. Cantarutti May 2022

The Cognitive & Educational Implications Of Color Use In Drawing To Learn, Juliana F.M. Cantarutti

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Drawing to Learn (D2L) is a learning aid that encourages STEM students to interact with abstract concepts in STEM by sketching. D2L is not an intuitive skill, and researchers strive to provide students with guidelines on how to master this method. One potential way to enhance the D2L method for students is by incorporation of visual cues, specifically color. While many students choose to incorporate color into their models without explicit instruction to do so, we have found no research on: a) why students use color in sketching, b) its effects on D2L. This study used interviews, surveys, and course ...


Find The Bullseye: Targeting Conservation In The Candy Darter, Jemelyn Grace P. Baldisimo Jan 2022

Find The Bullseye: Targeting Conservation In The Candy Darter, Jemelyn Grace P. Baldisimo

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Grade: 7th grade, ability to scale up to high school Biology Subject: Life Science

Determining a species’ risk of extinction using available data and spreading awareness for conservation of an endemic species.


Killer From The Deep!, Tor Mowatt-Larssen Jan 2022

Killer From The Deep!, Tor Mowatt-Larssen

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Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Life Science | Ecology


Explore the deep-sea environment and biological adaptations to living in the deep sea through murder-mystery investigation and graphing activities.


Shark Sanctuaries: Habitat And Climate Change, Kaitlyn O'Brien Jan 2022

Shark Sanctuaries: Habitat And Climate Change, Kaitlyn O'Brien

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology

Utilize data collected from scientific surveys to explore the abiotic niche of multiple coastal shark species, and evaluate suitable habitats under differing climate change conditions.


Gelatinous Zooplankton In Biological Systems; Case Study: Salpa Thompsoni In The Western Antarctic Peninsula, Maya Thomas Jan 2022

Gelatinous Zooplankton In Biological Systems; Case Study: Salpa Thompsoni In The Western Antarctic Peninsula, Maya Thomas

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Grades: 7th Subjects: Life Science


Teach about the importance of gelatinous zooplankton and examine their role in food webs, the biological pump, and the carbon cycle.


From The Subsurface To The Sky: Tracking Groundwater With Drones, Stephanie Wilson Jan 2022

From The Subsurface To The Sky: Tracking Groundwater With Drones, Stephanie Wilson

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Grades: High School Subjects: Earth Science | Physical Science

Determining the inputs of nitrogen to coastal waters from drone based radiometric temperature data.

Topics covered:

  • Technology and radiometric imagery
  • Drones in science
  • Groundwater
  • Nutrients / pollutants
  • Water cycle/ Watersheds


Selectively Breeding Hard Clams, Leslie Speight Youtsey Jan 2022

Selectively Breeding Hard Clams, Leslie Speight Youtsey

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | AP Biology

Use knowledge of hard clam genotypes and inheritance patterns to cross parents and predict offspring phenotypes.


Searching For Sea Scallops: The Role Of Science In Fisheries Management, Kaitlyn Clark Jan 2022

Searching For Sea Scallops: The Role Of Science In Fisheries Management, Kaitlyn Clark

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Grades: 6-8 Subjects: Life Science | Biology


Students will collect data on populations of sea scallops and then use those data to provide recommendations for sustainably managing the fishery in the next fishing year


The Seagrass Is Greener On The Other Side, Lauren Alvaro Jan 2022

The Seagrass Is Greener On The Other Side, Lauren Alvaro

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology

Students will collect data about animals in a seagrass meadow, learn how seagrass density affects species abundance and diversity, and calculate a biodiversity index.


Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing: The Search For Antibiotics, Amanpreet Kohli Jan 2021

Antimicrobial Sensitivity Testing: The Search For Antibiotics, Amanpreet Kohli

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Life Science | Biology

Examining agar plates, students determining the effectiveness of antibiotics for fish pathogens.


Sunny-Side-Up: Temperature & Lobster Egg Development, Abigail Sisti Jan 2021

Sunny-Side-Up: Temperature & Lobster Egg Development, Abigail Sisti

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Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Biology

This lesson allows students to use math and science to characterize the effects of temperature on lobster egg development. Students will measure features of lobster eggs at different time points and plot how they change across development. This development will be compared between lobsters from different environments, and students will be asked to draw conclusions about how these differences may relate to lobster performance and climate change.


Etiology In Action: Identifying Aquaculture Disease Threats Through Data Analysis, Malina Loeher Jan 2021

Etiology In Action: Identifying Aquaculture Disease Threats Through Data Analysis, Malina Loeher

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

How do scientists identify emerging disease threats? In this lesson, students will examine fish health, aquatic disease ecology, and aquaculture practices to answer this question.


Case Of The Stressed-Out Larva: A Study Of Climate Change Effects On Oyster Cellular Physiology, Annie Schatz Jan 2021

Case Of The Stressed-Out Larva: A Study Of Climate Change Effects On Oyster Cellular Physiology, Annie Schatz

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Advanced Biology | Chemistry | Oceanography

Using a jigsaw puzzle approach, students will piece together the results of three molecular measures to understand how warming and acidified waters affect the health of oyster larvae.


High To Low: Exploring Estuarine Gradients, Cristin Wright Jan 2021

High To Low: Exploring Estuarine Gradients, Cristin Wright

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Earth Science | Biology | Oceanography

In this lesson, student scientists will examine nutrients, suspended sediment, and phytoplankton level then plot their results to track estuarine gradients.


Fish Census: Monitoring Finfish Populations In Chesapeake Bay, Rachel Dixon Jan 2021

Fish Census: Monitoring Finfish Populations In Chesapeake Bay, Rachel Dixon

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Life Science | Biology | Oceanography

In this activity, students will utilize data collected from a scientific survey to explore where different fishes live in a coastal estuary, and how their populations change over time.


Dial C For Collaboration: Finding Unknowns With Your Fellow Scientists, Brianna Stanley Jan 2021

Dial C For Collaboration: Finding Unknowns With Your Fellow Scientists, Brianna Stanley

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Chemistry | Mathematics | Oceanography

In the sciences, collaboration is key. This exercise allows students to explore scientific collaboration and how to use "knowns" to measure an unknown using a linear equation.


Growing Up Is Hard: Vertical Accretion In Salt Marshes, Alex Smith Jan 2021

Growing Up Is Hard: Vertical Accretion In Salt Marshes, Alex Smith

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

In this exercise, students will use graphing to examine the importance of natural environmental feedbacks on marsh survival.


Marsh Migration Mania!, Emily Goetz Jan 2021

Marsh Migration Mania!, Emily Goetz

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Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Life Science | Environmental Science

In this lesson, students investigate sea-level rise and migration of saltmarsh invertebrates in a "ghost forest."


Migrating To Motherhood: The Story Of Female Blue Crabs In Their Ecosystem, Alex Schnieder Jan 2021

Migrating To Motherhood: The Story Of Female Blue Crabs In Their Ecosystem, Alex Schnieder

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Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Life Science

This lesson guides students through an investigation of the migratory patterns of blue crabs, their life stages, ecosystem use by life stage, harvest, and human impacts to their population.


Watercolors: Relating Properties Of Light To Organic Matter And Ecosystem Production, Derek Detweiler Jan 2021

Watercolors: Relating Properties Of Light To Organic Matter And Ecosystem Production, Derek Detweiler

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Chemistry | Biology | Oceanography | Environmental Science

Using properties of light, students will determine the source and composition of dissolved organic matter in estuaries influenced by different land types its subsequent relationship with ecosystem production.


The Code In The Water: An Investigation Into Harmful And Non-Harmful Algal Blooms, Samantha Fortin Jan 2020

The Code In The Water: An Investigation Into Harmful And Non-Harmful Algal Blooms, Samantha Fortin

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

Algal blooms can be detected using the DNA extracted from water samples. This activity allows students to identify algae and understand the causes of algal blooms.


Dichotomous Keys: An Essential Tool For Fish Detectives, Jackson Martinez Jan 2020

Dichotomous Keys: An Essential Tool For Fish Detectives, Jackson Martinez

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Grades: 6-8 Subjects: Life Science | Biology

How do scientists identify an unknown fish?

In this activity, students will utilize a dichotomous key to identify unknown fishes from the Chesapeake Bay and will then characterize their trophic levels based on feeding preferences and adaptations. Students will gain an understanding of organism classification, trophic level interactions, and how fishes may play different trophic roles throughout their lives.


Zoop Soup (And Poop!), Kristen Sharpe Jan 2020

Zoop Soup (And Poop!), Kristen Sharpe

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Grades: 6-12 Subjects: Biology | Life Science | Environmental Science | Oceanography

Microscopic poops with a global impact!

Students learn about the ecological and global importance of zooplankton and their fecal pellets in the ocean carbon cycle. Students are guided through the scientific method while participating in an activity that simulates real sediment trap fecal pellet research. Students hypothesize where a sediment trap was set based on the "fecal pellets" contained in their sample, identify source species using a dichotomous key, count and weigh biomass of pellets, and graph and share results with classmates.


Old Macdonald Had An Aquaculture Farm, Shantelle Landry Jan 2020

Old Macdonald Had An Aquaculture Farm, Shantelle Landry

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Grades: 6 Subjects: Earth Science | Natural Resources

With this activity, students will learn the importance of aquaculture and how it can be used to manage a resource.


What's In The Muck? Benthic Sediment Characterization And Community Structure, Cristin Wright Jan 2020

What's In The Muck? Benthic Sediment Characterization And Community Structure, Cristin Wright

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography


Sediment classification and grain size can affect the types of organisms that live in the sediment. Some organisms prefer sandier sediment, while others love the fine-grained mud.

In this activity, students will classify sediment samples by grain size and plot their findings on a ternary plot. The students will then further investigate which benthic organisms live in the different sediments and which may be more resilient to a change in sediment classification.


Feeding Time: How Nutrients Drive Phytoplankton Growth, Brianna Stanley Jan 2020

Feeding Time: How Nutrients Drive Phytoplankton Growth, Brianna Stanley

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

This lesson plan helps students make the connection between the amount of nutrients present in an ecosystem and the resulting growth of phytoplankton in our coastal waters. This lesson takes this concept a step deeper, by exploring how the proportions of nitrogen and phosphorus in the environment create the ideal conditions for phytoplankton growth. Students will explore the concept of limiting factors and will work on both their graphing skills and their ability to compare ratios.


Isotopes In The Estuary: Conception And Application Of Stable And Radioactive Carbon, Derek Detweiler Jan 2020

Isotopes In The Estuary: Conception And Application Of Stable And Radioactive Carbon, Derek Detweiler

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Chemistry | Environmental Science | Oceanography

In this interactive estuary-focused activity, students will examine stable and radioactive isotope data which provide information about the source and age of environmental samples such as plant and soil matter. Students will calculate average isotope ratios from five reference land types (forest, wetland, agriculture, industry, aquatic) and an unknown site within an estuary. Students will graph their calculated ratios and determine the land type that most impacts their estuary based on reference-to-unknown comparisons.


Trees Of The Seas, Michelle Woods Jan 2020

Trees Of The Seas, Michelle Woods

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Grades: 6-8 Subjects: Biology | Life Science


What are harmful algal blooms and why do they occur?

In this lesson plan, students will run their own experiments to investigate how eutrophication can cause harmful algal blooms and investigate strategies for preventing them.


Tiny Killers, Sarah Pease Jan 2020

Tiny Killers, Sarah Pease

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

What different methods and new technologies are used to monitor harmful algae and the toxins that they produce?

Students will learn about how harmful algae threaten human health through the processes of bioaccumulation and biomagnification. In small groups, they will design a harmful algae monitoring program based on mock harmful algae data, and then they will test their monitoring program and discover some of the challenges and limitations of any monitoring plan that attempts to measure variable, natural events.


Wave Fever: The Climate Induced Range Expansion Of The Atlantic Marsh Fiddler Crab, Kayla Martinez-Soto Jan 2020

Wave Fever: The Climate Induced Range Expansion Of The Atlantic Marsh Fiddler Crab, Kayla Martinez-Soto

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Grades: 9-12 Subjects: Biology | Environmental Science | Oceanography

In 2014, scientists found that the Atlantic marsh fiddler crab had extended its northern limit by ~90 miles to New Hampshire, which is in the Gulf of Maine. Range expanding species can alter salt marsh characteristics such as biodiversity and food webs. In this lesson, students will combine sea surface temperature data from a federal database and fiddler burrow densities from field photos to determine the relationship between ocean warming and range expansions.