FLEXE: From Local to Extreme Environments

Components of FLEXE

The FLEXE project explores innovative pedagogical approaches to engage learners in understanding the process and nature of science.

Inquiry-based Learning Activities

  • Energy Unit: examines energy transfer between components of the Earth system using various temperature datasets, and explores similarities and differences in energy transfer in local and deep-sea extreme environments.
  • Ecology Unit: uses examples from deep-sea environments to introduce ecological concepts, and guides students to formulate their own research questions on their local environment.
Vent Fluid Temperature over time

Deep-sea dataset

Comparison of data from different environments

  • Local/Schoolyard data (primary data)
  • Partner school data from the GLOBE database (secondary data)
  • Deep-Sea data (‘extreme’ data)

Links to the Extreme Environment

Community of Learning

* online tool not currently available

Educational Research

FLEXE aims to develop and evaluate effective ways to partner students, scientists and educators using web-based tools. FLEXE learning activities were designed around online tools such as class-to-class partnering, peer review and student-scientist forums.

  • Publications:

    Kerlin S, Goehring E, Carlsen W, Larsen J, and Fisher C, (2009) Design of an Online Global Learning Community: International Collaboration of Grades 7-9 Science Students. In International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL Practices, Rhodes, Greece.

  • Current research: The FLEXE team is evaluating the effectiveness of student peer review, and the impact of student-scientist forums on student learning.
FLEXE - Deepening Earth Systems Science Understanding with GLOBE.

This work is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number GEO-0627909. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. © CSATS, The Pennsylvania State University

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