March 4-7, 2014
Carnegie Science Center
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Explore water chemistry onboard RiverQuest EXPLORER at dock. This 45-minute session looks at earth’s most precious resource, fresh water, and considers the point and nonpoint sources of pollution that can affect it here in southwestern Pennsylvania, and how these have changed over time. Students test water samples for indicators of water quality, from physical indicators like temperature and turbidity to chemical parameters such as pH, dissolved oxygen and salinity. Students consider the potential impacts to freshwater ecology and biodiversity.
Science and technology topics include:
Chemistry, Environment / Ecology / Biodiversity, and Research
Capacity: 35Program Dates & Times
March 4, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon
March 5, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon
March 6, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon
March 7, 2014 – 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon
30 questions to elevate your awareness (and literacy) of the greater place in which you live
Pittsburgh Green Story: The Pittsburgh Transformation Story
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MS-PS1-2. Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS4-5. Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.
MS-LS4-6. Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
HS-LS2-8. Evaluate the evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and speciesâ€™ chances to survive and reproduce.
HS-LS3-1. Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
HS-LS4-6. Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.