New Mexico EPSCoR has collaborated with Science Education Consultant, Rhonda Spidell to create NGSS aligned teaching modules based on the film. Video clips and supporting educational materials are now available to Science Teachers. This is a unique approach to creating innovative educational curriculum from an environmental documentary. The curriculum incorporates an Earth Systems approach to the research taking place in the Caldera & provides elementary, middle and high school teachers access to student labs and activities under the subjects; Fire, Climate Change, Water Quality and Geology.
It is available for free online at http://vcnpearthsystems.nmepscor.netThe Albert I. Pierce Foundation offered support as well and sponsored two presentations of the new website at the 2013 national conference of The North American Association of Environmental Educators in Baltimore Maryland. Tim Aydelott, Deb Thrall, Rhonda Spidell and Ylonda Viola were thrilled to attend and share this innovative curriculum with a national audience. Thank you to everyone involved in making this a reality!
We thank the Science Teachers connected with The Northern New Mexico Network for Rural Education and NM EPSCoR for their excitement and feedback to determine the STEM related content.
We are also working with other educational distribution models for further distribution.