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The Hydrofracking Boom as a “Teachable Moment” to Explore the Broader Energy Context Within the U.S.

April 1, 2016

This post hosts the agenda for, and material shared at, our session of the same name at the 2016 National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 1, 2016.

Session Description:

Friday, April 1 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Omni Nashville Hotel, Cumberland 6

Leverage hydrofracking’s “buzz” to teach at the science/society interface. This impartial session introduces underpinning science and strategies for teaching controversial topics. Attendees will receive a copy of the book  The Science Beneath the Surface: A Very Short Guide to the Marcellus Shale, a piece of Marcellus Shale, and a session handout with links to related resources. Note: Only the first 30 participants will receive a copy of the book.

Presenter(s): Don Duggan-Haas (The Paleontological Research Institution: Ithaca, NY), Eric Pyle (James Madison University: Harrisonburg, VA), Michael Hubenthal (IRIS: Washington, DC) with special guests John Taber (IRIS: Washington, DC) and Robert Ross (The Paleontological Research Institution: Ithaca, NY)

  • FORMAT: Hands-On Workshop
  • GRADE LEVEL: 6 – 12, College
  • SUBJECT: Earth and Space Science

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Image source: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2016/1035/ofr20161035.pdf 

The Hydrofracking Boom as a “Teachable Moment” to Explore the Broader Energy Context Within the U.S.

Agenda with links to resources

5:00 – Don’s one-question energy quiz – “What are the two biggest energy sources for generating electricity in your state?”

5:05 – Introduction to Hydrofracking – http://bit.ly/Frack-NSTA2016 (excerpts from: http://bit.ly/MarcellusGateway)

  • Basic process + point to resources for more
  • Complexify the seemingly simple
  • Social mathematics – Accessible examples to understand inaccessible numbers
  • Note that fracking in Pennsylvania is different from fracking in the Dakotas, which is different from fracking in Texas…

5:15 – The credibility spectrum – Media Literacy activity (.doc)

5:25  – Induced seismicity

5:40 – EIA interactive map: http://www.eia.gov/state/

5:50 – Resource Overview – blog post with agenda and links: http://bit.ly/FrackingNSTA2016

5:59 – Evaluation reminder

Handouts:

Additional Resources:

Media used with Credibility Spectrum:

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