Debate: What Should Be Done about the Changing Climate?

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In this class activity, students will participate in a debate on climate change policy. They will apply their understanding of the scientific evidence for climate change in order to propose specific policies for dealing with the changing climate. This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

Vocal Imitation and Learning by Macaques

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Group of three rhesus macaques.

In this class activity, students will analyze data from an investigation of the role of genetics and environment in the development of language. Students will learn about the effects of inter-species adoption on vocalization in macaques and will apply their understanding of statistical concepts (mean, standard error, standard deviation, Gaussian curves). This document includes student handouts; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Vocal Imitation and Learning by Macaques

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Japanese macaque with snowball.

In this class activity, students will analyze data from an investigation of the role of genetics and environment in the development of language. Students will learn about the effects of inter-species adoption on vocalization in macaques and will apply their understanding of statistical concepts (mean, standard error, standard deviation, Gaussian curves). This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

Vocal Learning in Elephants

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Imitation of sounds by the African elephants Mlaika and Calimero.

In this class activity, students will review information from a study that investigated vocal imitation in elephants. They will analyze the data to determine the accuracy of the study’s results and interpretations. This document includes student handouts; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Vocal Learning in Elephants

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Spectrograms showing an example of a chirping sound emitted by an Asian elephant and Calimero’s imitation.

In this class activity, students will review information from a study that investigated vocal imitation in elephants. They will analyze the data to determine the accuracy of the study’s results and interpretations. This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

Two-Point Threshold Experiment

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Auditory cortex and basilar membrane.Auditory cortex and basilar membrane.

In this class activity, students will measure the two-point threshold in order to increase their understanding of the magnification principle and how touch is mapped in the sensory cortex of the human brain. Students will also apply their understanding of statistical concepts (random and systematic error, Gaussian distributions) to actual data from previous Frontiers of Science seminars. This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

Two-Point Threshold Experiment

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The sensory cortex.The sensory cortex.

In this class activity, students will measure the two-point threshold in order to increase their understanding of the magnification principle and how touch is mapped in the sensory cortex of the human brain. Students will also apply their understanding of statistical concepts (random and systematic error, Gaussian distributions) to actual data from previous Frontiers of Science seminars. This document includes student handouts; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Blind Spot Demonstration

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Blind spot demonstration.Blind spot demonstration.

In this class activity, students will perform an experiment to demonstrate how the brain “fills in” visual information that is missing because it occurs in a blind spot. They will apply their understanding to an investigation of eye diseases that cause vision loss. This document serves as an instructor guide; student handouts are provided in accompanying documents.

Blind Spot Demonstration

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Blind spot demonstration.Blind spot demonstration.

In this class activity, students will perform an experiment to demonstrate how the brain “fills in” visual information that is missing because it occurs in a blind spot. They will apply their understanding to an investigation of eye diseases that cause vision loss. This document includes student handouts; an instructor guide is provided in an accompanying document.

Conservation Reserve Design: Data Analysis Example

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This document contains analyses of data collected by students completing the Frontiers of Science fieldwork activity on Conservation Reserve Design. (A teacher's guide and student guide to this activity are provided in accompanying documents.) These analyses are provided to guide instructors who wish to implement the activity and analyze data collected by their students.