Fracking for Fuel on Shaky Ground – World Science Festival

Recent technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, have allowed the United States to tap natural gas and oil reserves at record and near-record levels, helping the country become awash in cheap gasoline. But just what is fracking, and how has it been linked to earthquakes? Continue reading

Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Perspectives Using a Case Study Approach

gulf oil spillImplementing an issues-based framework to introduce scientific “units” is an effective approach to combining crucial aspects of the nature of science (NOS) with relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts and skills. Continue reading