The Intensive 2000
will allow teachers the opportunity to use Trackstar, a web based tool,
to create web lessons for their students. Participants will also
have the opportunity to explore available tools and electronic lesson plans
that currently exist in the Trackstar database, and other innovative web
sites. These Web resources are designed to develop students’ knowledge
of the earth sciences while simultaneously expanding their interest and
enthusiasm with the use of engaging and interactive learning activities.
Participants can learn how to make research in the earth sciences accessible
and fun for students.
The Web offers a whole range
of exciting ways to better educate elementary school children about important
new research within the earth sciences, such as the Ocean Drilling Program
(ODP). By studying ODP data and the evolution and structure of the
Earth students can gain better knowledge about the Earth's past, present
and future. The research that is performed in the earth sciences
effects our understanding of such important things as sea level history,
climate change, earthquakes, and volcanoes – issues that affect our current
lives, and our future.