From local to extreme environments (FLEXE) pilot activity guide: energy unit

350 210 Stroud Water Research Center

Goehring, E., W. Carlsen, C. Fisher, S. Kerlin, M. Smith, E. Simms, D. Blackman, and C. Williams. 2008. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program.


FLEXE learning activities are organized in instructional units designed to help middle and high school students learn key earth system science concepts and develop critical scientific inquiry skills. Educational materials include classroom-based learning activities and online forums featuring deep sea scientists and the environments they study. Two instructional units are available:

  • Energy Unit: (online components not currently available) 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.

Past project, in archive mode