Resources and Human Impact: Using Technology to Address Resource Use Issues

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Science Objects are two hour on-line interactive inquiry-based content modules that help teachers better understand the science content they teach. This Science Object, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, is the last of four Science Objects in the Resources and Human Impact SciPack. It explores how human beings impact other species and the ecosystems in which they live. Due to our role in changing the environment, humans have a responsibility for preserving their habitat. There are a variety of approaches to reducing or reversing the human impact on the environment such as limiting population growth, reducing resource use, modifying population distribution, recycling resources, and the wise use of technology to solve problems. Managing resources by cleaning up polluted air, water, or soil or restoring depleted soil, forests, or fishing grounds can be difficult and costly but are critical for human health. Alternative energy resources such as wind, tides, and solar radiation can be utilized to reduce the consumption of fossil fuel-based energy sources. Social, political, and economic factors involve tradeoffs that will strongly influence the types and extent to which technologies will be developed and used.

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Reviews (4)
  • on Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:35 PM

I believe this science object is a great refresher for teachers to go over before teaching about how human impact other species and the ecosystem in which they live. There are abundant information for relearning and clarfication and an assessment at the end for them to reassess themselves about the contents learned. I would strongly recommend any educators to dedicate time to complete this scipack.

Seo Yi
Seo Yi

  • on Sun May 03, 2015 3:21 PM

This is a good review of the issue of providing sustainable energy for human use, the pros and cons of each of the energy sources.

Robin Willig  (Rye Brook, NY)
Robin Willig (Rye Brook, NY)

  • on Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:44 AM

I really enjoy Science Objects. In 1-3 hours, the Resources and Human Impact: Using Technology to Address Resource Use Issues Science Object will help me re-learn, refresh, or learn for the first time some critical science concepts I will have to know to obtain my Science Educator credentials. I appreciate that I can complete them at my own pace, and that, if used as park of a SciPack, I have access to a content expert to go to for help. The NSTA Learning Center Science Objects are very beneficial! Not only will they enrich my teaching, the knowledge will enrich my life.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:05 PM

Our use of technology has both positive and negative implications for the environment as we reach the limits of the Earth's carrying capacity. Discusses social, political, and economic factors that affect the implementation of technological advances and their applications. Discussion of risks and decision-making in technological and environmental contexts. Technology is portrayed as neither good nor evil, but as means for us to impact ecosystems either positively or negatively. Good for the elementary and middle school teacher who needs a quick background, and for the high school teacher who needs an organizational framework and a starting point. Not intended for student use, but contains graphics and sims that could be used in the classroom.

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

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