Search of a Quest
Katydids- Amazon Basin, east of Iquitos, Peru Katydids, known for their
cricket-like nocturnal singing, can be found in forests throughout the world.
But the 360 species of katydids identified so far in the Peruvian Amazon come
in a startling array of colors, shapes, and sizes. Since bats, birds, monkeys,
rodents, snakes, spiders, wasps, and even ants dine on katydids, these crepuscular
choristers have evolved amazing adaptations to elude predators. Camouflage
artists, katydids mimic twigs, pieces of bark, leaves, lichen, even bird droppings
as they rest, otherwise defenseless, during the day. Since 1987, Dave Nickle
has been studying these intriguing insects with the help of EarthCorps volunteers.
This field season, they will continue collecting data on katydid taxonomy,
biology, ecology, and behavior by studying defense and pair formation. In
terms of defense, teams will test theories regarding the choice of background,
dispersal, and visual characteristics of katydids that mimic plant parts.
In terms of finding a mate, they will investigate the effects of predation
on the evolution of katydid calling behavior. How do these insects resolve
the conflict of attracting mates rather than predators?
Jackson's Hermitage- The Hermitage Archaeology Program is a multiyear
study of slave life at the plantation home of Andrew Jackson. Recent archaeological
studies of slave life in the ante-bellum U.S. are showing that slaves did
not lead passive lives in complete acceptance of their social condition. Research
has shown that slave communities worked toward actively transforming and successfully
altering their circumstances by participating in the local and regional economies
of both white and other slave communities. Excavations will reveal how slaves
of the Hermitage altered and redesigned their allotted space and buildings
on the plantation.
with Teachers in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions - research expeditions
at the poles
from the Discovery Channel
that include trips to explore an avalanche and another for turtles.
From Antarctica 2 - a NASA project which requires registration also other
quests can be found at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/calendar/index.html
System Online - Has now merged with other online quest but still has the
1996 NASA launch of two missions to Mars. The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft
took off in November and reached the orbit of Mars on September 11, 1997 to
begin an orbital mission that will provide detailed mapping and weather information.
The Mars Pathfinder spacecraft blasted away in December and landed on the
Red Planet on July 4, 1997. The micro-rover Sojourner has wandered its way
around the Martian terrain, returning a wealth of new science data.
Alive! Expeditions - semester long projects for Spring '99 include Oceans
Live-Caribbean Sea, Rain forest Live-Australia, Class Afloat Live-Concordia,
and Wetlands Live-Mexico
Challenges - Central America Treks from Big Chalk Changes have happened
at Big Chalk and it appears as though they are presently charging to access
this site. Go to Big Chalk home page
to figure it all out.
Expedition from Rice University
- A Virtual Archeological Expedition to China
JASON Foundation for
Education is dedicated to inspiring in students a lifelong passion to
pursue learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery.
Global classroom - Through our worldwide network of scientists, teacher
fellows, and volunteers you can access expedition photos, reports, and lessons
the BRIDGE website
which is part of the Virginia
Institute of Marine Science here is a list of websites that provide expeditions
days there are any number of inventive and creative ways of teaching. One
of the fastest growing (and wildest (-: ) is the internet. You’ve seen
examples of how the internet has been integrated into classroom lessons. With
all the successes and the promise for the future, there are also reservations
about the safety and credibility of the internet, making it problematic to
use with students. To support the integration of the internet and promote
productive use of its vast resources, educators have created "quests."
These “quests” provide real world opportunities in a safe environment
that also support a unique way to deliver curriculum content.
do come in various shapes and flavors and we need to clarify the types. MayaQuest™
and the type of quest formerly associated with Classroom Connect represent
one type of quest in which teams of people usually trek across distant lands
and groups of students follow along with the virtual expedition via the internet.
It is often interactive via e-mail and there is a high degree of participation
by the classes through curriculum directed activities. This kind of quest
usually lasts several weeks and may cover many different topics. It is designed
by a group, sometimes a commercial enterprise, and participants join in at
whatever level is appropriate for them; it offers many resources and opportunities
for students around the world.
represent another type of “quest” but they are quite different
from the trek or expedition kind of “quest”. WebQuests can be
short or long term, they are focused on a specific area and a doable task,
they have specific components, they are most often created by teachers and
they emphasize higher order thinking skills.
focus for this month is the first type of quest mentioned, the trek or virtual
expedition. Because Classroom Connect terminated its own brand of Quest, an
unfortunate situation for those of us who recognized the true value in that
type of activity, we need to locate other similar resources to use with our
students. There is good news; there are now many similar expeditionary quests,
they are of high quality with great resources and many of them are free!
most important consideration involved in the decision to design or to participate
in a quest is this:
it fit your curriculum,
it be tied to local, state or national curriculum standards,
it replace an area that hasn't been working well,
it worth any fee required,
it reliable - does it have a proven track record, and
you dedicate the time to it because it does so many other things well?
“yes” is the answer, follow these links below and happy questing!
sites change very frequently by their very nature; the expedition lasts for
a period of time and then moves on to other topics. I went to Google
and used "virtual
expedition" as the search term and had good luck in finding alternative
Quests to use in the curriculum.
- Thanks to the Web you can have incredible adventures in exotic locales without
spending a dime or leaving the room. Whether explorers travel the Silk Road
of China or climb Mt. Everest, learning becomes an unforgettable adventure
as students join thrilling, real-time expeditions to remote and fascinating
locations. Observe daily progress and read field dispatches. Best of all,
interact with adventurers through intriguing dialogue as they reenact history
- or even make history. Scroll to the bottom for recommended expeditions and
2001: A Deep-Sea Odyssey - Register now to be part of this October
2001 online adventure. Forty classrooms will have the opportunity to participate
in live conference phone calls with scientists as they explore the hydrothermal
vent communities in the depths of the Pacific.
Project - September 1-19, 2000, four REVEL teachers sailed aboard
the R/V Atlantis 200 miles off the coast of Washington and Canada
studying the hydrothermal processes on the sea floor of the Endeavour
Ridge and participating in the Alvin submersible operations with an international
team of scientists.
- Classes, school groups and individuals can log on and virtually participate
in a real-time field trip to the Rachel Carson site of the North Carolina
National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ask questions, view live video and
images, and learn about the estuary from experts.
- From March 2000 through the summer of 2001, Dr. Michael Moore (researcher
at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution), his family, and crew are sailing
the Rosita around the North Atlantic Ocean searching for northern
right whales. Follow along and map their marine mammal sightings.
Dive and Discover
- Join scientists as they dive to the mid-ocean ridge thousands of meters
deep. Explore towering underwater volcanoes, black smokers, and bizarre
creatures that live there. Jump on board with the Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution and the National Science Foundation.
Degrees North - In November 1999 and April 2000, a team of scientists,
students, and film makers ventured to hydrothermal vent sites at 9 degrees
North in the Eastern Pacific aboard WHOI's Atlantis with the submersible
Alvin. The site contains daily reports and images, profiles of
the scientists and technicians involved, and an "Ask Us!" section. Brought
to you by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center.
XI: Going to Extremes - Look at sea and space through the eyes of
modern day explorers by comparing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administrations (NOAAs) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory in
the Florida Keys with the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations
(NASAs) International Space Station.
Voyage to the Deep - Travel with scientists as they take the submersible
Alvin down a mile and a half to study the biology, chemistry and
geology of hydrothermal vents in the Sea of Cortés. Site features
include a dive log, daily journal, and video clips in addition to background
information on the mission.
AdVENTure - Take this virtual tour of hydrothermal vents to learn
the basics about vents, how they're studied, the associated biology and
geology, and consider the ethics about vent mining. This site also has
a forum for discussion and learning activities.
@Sea - Follow the
research expeditions of scientists at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
Missions include biomedical and biodiversity research in the Florida Keys,
vertical migration in the Gulf of Maine, and a shark roundup off the coast
Sustainable Seas Expeditions - Join National
Geographic and the National
Marine Sanctuary Program as they take submersibles down 2000 feet
below the surface to study the biology of each of our nation's 12 marine
sanctuaries. The project includes live web chats and video uplinks with
esteemed scientists like Dr. Sylvia Earle.
- This website is your connection to the Townsend Cromwell, a NOAA
fisheries research vessel off the Hawaiian Islands. Read updates on the
ship's research cruises to study lobster, tuna, swordfish, seals, coral
reef fish, seabirds and more. You can also email questions to the ship
and read responses to previous questions.
for Giant Squid - From February 20 to March 25, 1999, scientists from
the United States and New Zealand collaborated in all aspects of an expedition
to locate the world's largest invertebrate, the giant squid (Architeuthis).
Meet the scientists and follow the expedition's daily log from this website,
or learn more about the biology and habitat of the giant squid.
to Puna Ridge - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University
of Hawaii team up to study the Puna Ridge, Hawaii's submarine volcanic
ridge. In addition to daily updates from the scientists you'll find teaching
modules, Teacher on Board mini-lessons and journals, science factoids,
and a glossary of terms.
- NOAA scientists investigate the undersea volcano Axial, to examine the
relationships between volcanic events and the chemistry and biology of
hydrothermal vents. On the website you will find daily scientific logs,
classroom activities, photographs, and a chance to e-mail questions to
Museum of Natural History Expedition: Black Smoker - Beginning June
26, 1998, follow this joint mission between AMNH and the University of
Washington to raise a black smoker from the deep.
the Gulf - A submarine tour of the Gulf of Mexico with classroom units
on light in water, sea turtles, and remote sensing the bottom of the ocean.
for Fish Food - Follow these reports from a July research cruise to
track zoo plankton (food for many fish) using sonar and other high tech
equipment in hopes of learning more about fish populations.
of the Pacific - PBS Online's tour of Palau with its unique habitats
and marine life. Also includes teaching activities.
GOALS (Global Online Adventure
Learning Site) - Brings real life adventures to the World Wide Web,
with emphasis on science, technology and nature.