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National Science Education Standards/Benchmarks

Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry:

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

Content Standard E: Science and Technology:

  • Understandings about science and technology

Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:

  • Natural resources
  • Changes in environments
  • Natural and human-induced hazards
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

Space and Technology Standards

  • Technology is essential to science, because it provides instruments and techniques that enable observations of objects and phenomena that are otherwise unobservable due to factors such as quantity, distance, location, size, and speed. Technology also provides tools for investigations, inquiry, and analysis.
  • Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the earth's surface. This energy transfer is influenced by dynamic processes such as cloud cover and the earth's rotation, and static conditions such as the position of mountain ranges and oceans.

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Standards

  • Internal and external processes of the earth system cause natural hazards, events that change or destroy human and wildlife habitats, damage property, and harm or kill humans.
  • Human activities also can induce hazards through resource acquisition, urban growth, land-use decisions, and waste disposal. Such activities can accelerate many natural changes.

National Science Content Standards

  • develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • understandings about scientific inquiry
  • mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry
  • technology used to gather data enhances accuracy and allows scientists to analyze and quantify results of investigations
  • an understanding of populations and ecosystems
  • an understanding of structure of the earth system
  • an understanding of structure and function in living systems

Ocean Literacy: Essential Principles

  • The ocean absorbs much of the solar radiation reaching Earth.
  • Ocean biology provides many unique examples of life cycles, adaptations and important relationships among organisms (symbiosis, predator-prey dynamics and energy transfer) that do not occur on land.
  • Ocean habitats are defined by environmental factors.

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