STEM Module: Biosphere - PS-2980

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Overview

In this module, students are challenged to create a model ecosystem indefinitely sustain an ecosystem consisting of physical and biological components of their choosing. This version is the Teacher License (one license for all your classes) and includes a spiral-bound teacher manual.

How It Works

To assist students in developing a data-driven design, there are five activities that address a conceptual component or skill required to construct a successful model:

  • Standardizing Data
  • Plant Photosynthesis
  • Cellular Respiration in Animals
  • Decomposition
  • Ecological Accounting

In these activities students measure the carbon dioxide levels in a closed environment and then calculate the appropriate balance of producers and consumers to build a stable micro environment. Finally, they construct and observe their biosphere for several days to validate their design.