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What is Study of Place?
Study of Place is two online science modules made especially for middle-school students. One of the modules is about Antarctic exploration. The other is about Ocean Currents. The units are short, only about two weeks each, but they answer some interesting questions.

Shackleton's ship, the Endurance, stuck in the ice.
Courtesy Royal Geographic Society

Antarctic Exploration tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica and how, when his ship became icebound and was crushed to pieces, he and his crew survived before being rescued 2 years after their journey began.



Gulf Stream from above.
Courtesy NOAA/NASA


Oceans Currents Exploration tells the story of how Ben Franklin charted the Gulf Stream, a huge current in the Atlantic Ocean, to help speed mail delivery from Europe to the United States.



What you will do
As you work through Study of Place you will do a series of activities and investigations that include:

  • readings
  • experiments
  • analyzing images
  • interactive map activities
  • graphing

Most of the work is done in small groups, during regular class time. Each activity is followed by an assessment, which lets you and your teacher know how well you are learning the science.

TERC, Study of Place

What you will see
Study of Place uses satellite images to show you things about Earth’s oceans, ice, and atmosphere. The images use advanced technologies like:

  • radar imaging
  • microwave imaging
  • GIS maps
  • animated visualizations

These are the same resources that scientists use to learn more about earth science and geography.

Study of Place has been developed by TERC under grant NSF ESI#9911224 from the National Science Foundation. We hope it enhances your science program and look forward to your feedback. nsf logo

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