Biosphere 2 Ecosystem Modeling Inquiry Project

Biosphere 2 Ecosystem Modeling Inquiry Project
Biosphere 2 Ecosystem Modeling Inquiry Project
Biosphere 2 Ecosystem Modeling Inquiry Project
Biosphere 2 Ecosystem Modeling Inquiry Project
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NGSSHS-LS2-6
NGSSHS-LS2-1
NGSSHS-ESS3-6
NGSSHS-LS2-4
NGSSHS-LS2-5
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This is a long term research project where students will research and design a model closed ecosystem to try and understand interactions as well as the complexity of the biosphere. They will begin by looking into biosphere 2 and life in space and then develop what components need to be included into their ecosystem. You can use my science webpage rubric since the students are going to create a webpage and update it with their data over the 13 weeks of the experiment: 1 week for set up and then approximately 1 day a week for the next 12 for data gathering and then analysis.

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NGSSHS-LS2-6
Evaluate claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem. Examples of changes in ecosystem conditions could include modest biological or physical changes, such as moderate hunting or a seasonal flood; and, extreme changes, such as volcanic eruption or sea level rise.
NGSSHS-LS2-1
Use mathematical and/or computational representations to support explanations of factors that affect carrying capacity of ecosystems at different scales. Emphasis is on quantitative analysis and comparison of the relationships among interdependent factors including boundaries, resources, climate, and competition. Examples of mathematical comparisons could include graphs, charts, histograms, and population changes gathered from simulations or historical data sets. Assessment does not include deriving mathematical equations to make comparisons.
NGSSHS-ESS3-6
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Examples of Earth systems to be considered are the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and/or biosphere. An example of the far-reaching impacts from a human activity is how an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide results in an increase in photosynthetic biomass on land and an increase in ocean acidification, with resulting impacts on sea organism health and marine populations. Assessment does not include running computational representations but is limited to using the published results of scientific computational models.
NGSSHS-LS2-4
Use mathematical representations to support claims for the cycling of matter and flow of energy among organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on using a mathematical model of stored energy in biomass to describe the transfer of energy from one trophic level to another and that matter and energy are conserved as matter cycles and energy flows through ecosystems. Emphasis is on atoms and molecules such as carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen being conserved as they move through an ecosystem. Assessment is limited to proportional reasoning to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy.
NGSSHS-LS2-5
Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Examples of models could include simulations and mathematical models. Assessment does not include the specific chemical steps of photosynthesis and respiration.
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2 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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