EDUCATION: Rock-Solid Learning

Science  11 Jun 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5677, pp. 1575
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5677.1575c

Aimed at everyone from grade school students to civil engineers, the Geotechnical, Rock, and Water Resources Library (GROW) furnishes more than 900 education links and a host of online simulations. Hosted by the University of Arizona, Tucson, the site stresses civil engineering, listing tutorials on statics and soil mechanics, for instance. But it also includes plenty of background on earth science. Visitors can browse a primer on plate tectonics or find out what pollutants researchers have detected in their local watershed. Virtual experiments let students determine the effect of temperature on water flow, measure how different rock types respond to compression, and more. The site also connects to a wealth of lab exercises for K-12 classes.

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