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Carbon Lab

Run this model of the carbon cycle to see how carbon circulates through the atmosphere, biosphere, oceans and the earth's crust. Explore ways that human input might change global outcomes in the future.

Columbia River Basin

Manipulate GIS map data of the Columbia River basin. Explore the basin and the effects of dams on the salmon population.

Control a Haber-Bosch Ammonia Plant

Learn about the economics of operating a chemical factory as you try to optimize the process of a simulated Haber-Bosch process ammonia fertilizer plant. Try to maximize profitability by using your knowledge of chemistry to fine-tune the reaction: adjusting temperature and pressure in the reaction chamber, switching the type of catalyst, and adjusting the rate that the product (ammonia) and impurities are removed.

Demographics Lab

Use real demographic data and a simulator to understand the factors that control human population growth, recognize the demographic transition in human history, and gain a sense of how population demographics has a very human impact in all areas of our planet.

Disease Lab

This simulator will let you explore various diseases: Kold, a caricature of the common cold; Impfluenza, which resembles an influenza outbreak; and Red Death, a fast-spreading epidemic with a high mortality rate. What factors influence the spread of these diseases, and what can we do to counter them?

Ecology Lab

Build your own ecosystem, and explore the effects of these interrelationships.

Energy Lab

Try to meet the world's projected energy demand by choosing from the available energy sources, while keeping atmospheric CO2 under control. You must avoid the limits and pitfalls associated with each energy source.

Gray Whales

Track gray whale migration. Use live data to observe migration patterns.

Hazardous Waste in the Home

Many sources of hazardous waste can be found in your own home and require special disposal. Can you determine which household items are hazardous, which can be recycled, which go out with regular household trash/garbage and which should be washed down the drain?

Hummingbirds

Observe hummingbirds and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Monarch Butterflies

Observe monarch butterflies and report their sightings online. Share and review the sightings with other students/classrooms to track hemispheric migratory patterns.

Shrinking a Landfill

Shrink a community landfill by 10 percent with a budget of $50,000. Review each type of waste/garbage (food, glass, paper, etc.) and see how much reduction you can get for your money.

Storm Chaser

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado warning. Do you have what it takes to be a storm chaser?

Tracing the Path

Draw arrows connecting the sources of energy to the receivers of energy. Remember that some sources of energy have more than one receiver and some receivers of energy have more than one source.

Tungurahua Timeline

The Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has gone through a series of active and dormant periods. Follow the volcano's activity from 1773 to 2000, including a scene of an explosive eruption in 1999.

Weather

Try your hand at tornado chasing and discover how wind chill works.

What's Inside the Earth?

What’s inside the earth? Examine the earth’s distinct layers (crust, mantle and core) and find out.

Where Should You Build?

Plans are underway for three large building projects near Milehigh Volcano. You must examine soil samples at each site, decide whether or not it’s safe to build and then go to the press conference to report your findings

Whooping Cranes

Track the migration of whooping cranes, once on the verge of extinction. Follow new crane chicks from their hatching to the day they complete their first fall migration at 5 to 6 months of age.

Wind Chill

Why do windy winter days seem so bitterly cold? Calculate the wind chill factor and find out.

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