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A Case in Point: From Active Learning to the Job Market

This case was developed for use in the first weeks of a course in order to show students how participating in active learning exercises in their cl ...

A Question of Responsibility

Most students are aware that asbestos is a health hazard, but don’t know that “asbestos” refers to a variety of minerals with bot ...

A Recipe for Invention

In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives o ...

Double Black Diamond Slopes

This case study tells the story of a 14-year-old boy, "Danny," who wants to go on a snowboarding adventure with his friends, but is unable to provi ...

Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

This “clicker case” begins by assessing students’ impressions of global climate change and the role that human activities play in ...

Global Climate Change: Impact and Remediation

This “clicker case” is a continuation of another case in our collection, “Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes,” in w ...

Global Climate Change: What Does it Look Like?

In this interrupted case study, Ph.D.-paleoclimatologist-turned-TV-meteorologist Sara Fahrenheit finds herself projected into a future climate that ...

Into the Abyss

Designed for use with small groups in an introductory geology class, this case allows students to determine the relationship between sinkhole devel ...

Is It a Meteorite?

In this interrupted case study, two friends find unanalyzed mass spectra of a green rock suspected to be a meteorite. Students are tasked with iden ...

Life on Mars

This case explores the question of whether there was ever life on Mars and in doing so explores how we define life. The backdrop for the case is th ...

Oil in the Amazon

In this case study, students participate in a game in which they assume the roles of various stakeholders in a proposed oil and gas proje ...

Salton, A Sea of Controversy

The Salton Sea is an “accidental” lake that receives used irrigation water from the Colorado River. Humans have profoundly altered the ...

Seven Skeletons and a Mystery

This problem-based learning case uses Archaeopteryx, the most famous fossil in the world, to show the vital role that fossils play in unde ...

Should Dinosaurs Be Cloned from Ancient DNA?

Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, as a novel and then a blockbuster movie, reawakened the public's fascination with dinosaurs. Although di ...

The Moon

The overall goal of this interrupted case study is for students to practice confirmation/disconfirmation reasoning while learning the basics of sol ...

The Petition: A Global Warming Case

The goal of this dilemma case study is to teach students about global climate change.  The setting is a faculty meeting where the discussion h ...

The Slippery Slope of Litigating Geologic Hazards

This case, based on a lawsuit brought against the County of Los Angeles by homeowners suing over damage to their homes in the wake of the Portugues ...

White Bear Lake

This case study reviews the hydrologic cycle and uses a water balance equation to examine the hydrology of White Bear Lake, a 2,531-acre natural wa ...