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In the Microdoc titled "Bringing the Lab to the Reef", scientist Dr. Tom Oliver explains how he is conducting an experiment that involves many dozens of samples over periods of weeks. One of the tools a scientist like Dr. Oliver may choose to use is an electronic spreadsheet and this activity attempts to give student practice using tools and techniques that a professional would use.
By the end of this activity, students will have practice gathering weather condition data from the Internet, making predictions about the upcoming trend, logging data using a spreadsheet, analyzing results and writing a results statement.
The introduction to this activity could take one class period, followed by 15 minutes once per week, and finally one more class period for results.
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