Education and Outreach provides learning materials and data exploration tools to be used in undergraduate and secondary education (grades 6 - 12) Earth science and physical science courses.
Using authentic high-precision, research-grade Global Positioning System (GPS) from the Plate Boundary Observatory, Educational Materials include place-based, data-rich learning activities and science content. Students use authentic data to investigate Earth science topics using multiple lines of evidence. Through the activities and tools, they examine and critically assess data and data quality. In addition, the materials draw attention to new discoveries yielded through high-precision GPS to provide students with case studies highlighting the scientific process.
Data investigation tools help learners visualize abstract concepts, and illustrate various Earth science processes. These tools include the Jules Verne Voyager Jr. and EarthScope Voyager Jr. Mapping Tools, the Data for Educators page, and the UNAVCO Velocity Viewer.
For middle and high school grades, many of the activities emphasize teaching with data, physical models, and visualizations to analyze and explain evidence of plate boundaries and deformation. They explicitly integrate science and mathematics by using technology-derived data addressing Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-2, HS-ESS2-1 and HS-ESS2-3.