2010 Fall Meeting          
Search Results
Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2010), Title, Abstract xxxxx-xxxx presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 13-17 Dec.

HR: 1340h
AN: ED53A-0516 Poster
TI: NSF RET in Southern Africa: community and research experiences in soil science
AU: *Mladenov, N
EM: mladenov@colorado.edu
AF: INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
AU: Pollard, A
EM: apollardku@gmail.com
AF: Hi-Plains High School, Siebert, CO, USA
AU: Wellbeloved-Stone, R
EM: Richard.Wellbeloved-Stone@ccs.k12.va.us
AF: Charlottesville High School, Charlottesville, VA, USA
AU: Riffel, H
EM: heather_riffel@bvsd.org
AF: Boulder Technical High School, Boulder, CO, USA
AU: Chavarro, D
EM: chavarro@alumni.itc.nl
AF: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
AU: D'Odorico, P
EM: paolo@virginia.edu
AF: Environmental Science, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
AB: Collaborative research on belowground carbon storage in the Kalahari Desert has provided opportunities for international research experience for US middle and high school teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. This presentation will highlight the field research experiences, international high school visit, relationships fostered with Botswana high school teachers, and new soil science curricula developed by three US environmental science teachers. New lesson plans and activities on carbon sequestration, fine and coarse root mapping, and soil organic carbon cycling and other learning tools have been incorporated into the existing Underground Safari webpage (instaar.colorado.edu/undergroundsafari) (Figure 1). An interactive blog, undergroundsafari.edublogs.org, has been developed to allow dynamic discourse between students, teachers and researchers on this project. Lessons learned from classroom trials of curriculum and use of other RET experience-motivated activities in the classroom will be discussed.



Figure 1. Screen capture of the "Videos" page from the Underground Safari website for NSF DEB project, "Collaborative Research: Distribution and dynamics of belowground carbon in savannas."

DE: [0428] BIOGEOSCIENCES / Carbon cycling
DE: [0805] EDUCATION / Elementary and secondary education
DE: [0830] EDUCATION / Teacher training
SC: Education and Human Resources (ED)
MN: 2010 Fall Meeting