In this problem-based learning (PBL) scenario, students prepare a presentation for investors showing how their fishing company has a significant advantage because it locates upwelling zones and fishing areas using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) and other satellite data. Prior to launching the PBL, students learn about wind: the topics of air pressure, coriolis effect, upwelling and the role of differential heating on the atmosphere are explored in classroom demonstrations. Materials required include a beaker, coffee grounds, drinking straw, balloon, flashlight, and turntable. The resource includes teacher background information, glossary, assessment rubric, and an appendix introducing problem-based learning.


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    Earth Science,Middle School,Oceanography,NSDL,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123310753T,Upwelling,Coriolus effect,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,El Nino,Trophic levels,Earth system science,Upper Elementary,Atmospheric science,Elementary School,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Climate,Grade 5,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Ocean and water,TRMM,Geoscience,Gulf Stream



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