Case Study: Ah-choo! Increased Risk of Pollen Allergies in the Northern Hemisphere by: Juanita Constible and Luke Sandro

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In this problem-based learning activity designed for nonscience majors, students assume the roles of scientists working for a public relations firm. Teams of students design communication products illustrating links between climate change and pollen allergies. Students develop a variety of process skills critical to scientists, including working collaboratively, interpreting and prioritizing data, telling a story through graphics and text, and defending an argument. Instructors can use this realistic activity to illustrate or reinforce that science process skills are relevant to an array of professions.

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  • on Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:01 PM

Very detailed activity about integrating data and inquiry showing an effect on society of climate change. Although this was published in the College Science Teacher, this could also be used in a high school environmental science, biology, or earth science class (because pollen and allergens are both a biological issue but can also be used in lake deposits as a climate proxy). If I was using this in high school, I might adjust it for some classes by including sample websites with data for analysis to get them started. Good inquiry activity!

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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