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Carolina Distance Learning: Environmental Science Labs

The Carolina Distance Learning® lab kit, created specifically for college-level Environmental Science, includes models, specimens, apparatus, safety equipment, and more. This kit, combined with Odigia’s Teaching and Learning Tools, is everything you need to engage, collaborate, track and assess your students.

Starting at $78.50 per student.

 This course includes:

 Digital Learning and Teaching Tools

 Effective Hands-On Lab Kits

Customizable Assessments 

 The Benefits of Carolina Distance Learning + Odigia

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Customize the lab kit and assessments to fit the needs of your course and match your desired learning outcomes. 

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Kits are delivered directly to your students, at the time and price you need, giving your students a successful lab experience wherever they are.

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Carolina Distance Learning: Environmental Science Labs

Lab Kits Available in Odigia:

Oil Spill Bioremediation - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the chemical nature of oil
  • Describe the general process microbes use to break down oil

Characterizing Community Structure: Plants - $8.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Estimate the percent ground cover of various organisms using a quadrat
  • Calculate population size, species diversity, and species richness for a transect
  • Compare species diversity and species richness for two sample locations

Using Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium to Examine Population Genetics in Peppered Moths - $8.00

During this lab, students will:

  • List the conditions necessary for the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium to occur
  • Explain why natural populations are likely to deviate from these conditions
  • Discuss the effect of these deviations on the ratios of alleles in a population

Ecological Succession - $8.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Create a Winogradsky column to study the ecological succession of microorganisms
  • Describe the role of prokaryotes in the environment and their importance to life on Earth
  • Deduce whether aerobic or anaerobic respiration is occurring in different areas of a model ecosystem based on weekly observation

Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions - $24.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the importance of freshwater availability to the health of human populations
  • Construct multiple groundwater and surface water models and analyze different ways they can become contaminated
  • Distinguish between point and non-point pollution sources and explain the impact of each
  • Describe the interconnectedness of groundwater and surface water in the environment

Properties of Minerals - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Define and compare rocks and minerals
  • Characterize mineral samples using a number of chemical and physical tests
  • Define luster, hardness, and opacity
  • Distinguish between cleavage and fracture

Synthesis of Biodiesel - $15.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Synthesize biodiesel using a solid-state catalyst
  • Test synthesized biodiesel for quality
  • Describe the synthesis pathway for biodiesel

Greenhouse Gas and Sea Level Rise - $14.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Explain the causes of increased carbon emissions and their likely effect on global climate
  • Discuss positive and negative climate feedback
  • Distinguish between glacial ice melt and oceanic ice melt
  • Measure the effect of CO2 gas on seawater acidity
  • Construct a three-dimensional model from a two-dimensional contour map
  • Evaluate and improve a model system

Water Pollution - $17.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Compare the effects of different types of pollution on microscopic organisms
  • Define ecological niche
  • Explain the importance of ecological niche in light of the effects of pollution on freshwater

Quality of Surface Waters: Physical and Chemical (2 station) - $14.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Practice proper water sample collection techniques
  • Conduct chemical and physical analyses of field water samples
  • Compare water test results to environmental standards

Quality of Surface Waters: Biological (2 station) - $20.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Practice proper water sample collection techniques
  • Conduct chemical and biological analyses of field water samples
  • Compare water test results to environmental standards

Quality of Surface Waters: Combined (10 station) - $40.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Practice proper water sample collection techniques
  • Conduct chemical and biological analyses of field water samples
  • Assess the health of local aquatic environments
  • Compare water test results to environmental standards

Simulating Methods to Estimate Population Size - $7.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Demonstrate methodologies used by scientists to estimate the population size of various organisms
  • Conduct investigations using multiple trials to collect and analyze data
  • Use algebra and graphing skills to estimate population sizes
  • Discuss some of the limitations of selected population sampling techniques
  • Determine which sampling technique works best for a particular organism

Natural Selection: Salt Concentration on Brine Shrimp - $8.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Describe the mechanisms of genetic variation and the three modes of natural selection
  • Explain and give examples of important biotic and abiotic factors that influence evolution by natural selection
  • Conduct counts of hatched brine shrimp
  • Quantify the effects of salinity on hatching viability of brine shrimp
  • Relate salinity tolerance of brine shrimp to natural selection

Animal Behavior: Stimulus Response in Isopods - $34.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Observe and identify isopod behavior based on their movement
  • Analyze the effects of humidity on isopod orientation
  • Design an experiment using the scientific method to analyze the effects of an altered stimuli on isopod behavior

Predator/Prey Interactions - $11.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Identify the bones of an owl’s prey
  • Communicate data about the number and types of prey found
  • Compare the diets of owls from two different regions
  • Infer the impact of an individual species on a community

Effects of Acid Rain - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Interpret the effect of acid rain on the germination of lettuce seeds
  • Explain how soil composition can mitigate the effects of acid deposition

Stream Morphology - $13.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Design a stream table model to analyze the different characteristics of stream flow
  • Explain the effects of watersheds on the surrounding environment in terms of the biology, water quality, and economic importance of streams
  • Identify different stream features on the basis of their geological formation due to erosion and deposition

Properties of Soil: Agricultural and Water Availability Impacts - $17.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Examine the properties of soil and their effects on agriculture and water availability
  • Describe and identify soil horizons based on their chemical and physical composition
  • Distinguish between the particle sizes of three different types of soil: sand, silt, and clay
  • Determine the porosity of different soil types
  • Analyze soil samples for a variety of nutrients to determine soil fertility

Carrying Capacity and Demographics - $10.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Compare logistic and exponential growth
  • Examine the interactions between birth and death rates, and how they affect population growth
  • Apply the concept of carrying capacity
  • Use demographics to make predictions about the growth of national populations

Quality of Household Water - $18.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Conduct chemical analyses of drinking water samples
  • Compare drinking water samples to EPA water quality standards

Introduction to Graphing Dry Lab - $0.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Create graphs from data sets, both by hand and electronically
  • Analyze the data in the graphs
  • Compare the slope of trendlines to interpret the results of an experiment

Carrying Capacity and Demographics Dry Lab - $2.00

During this lab, students will:

  • Compare logistic and exponential growth
  • Examine the interactions between birth and death rates, and how they affect population growth
  • Apply the concept of carrying capacity
  • Use demographics to make predictions about the growth of national populations

TESTIMONIALS

I needed a customized lab kit that would flow seamlessly with the course content and the investigations needed to be easy for students to follow and complete.

Dr. Kelley Flaherty

Assistant Professor of Biology, Alderson-Broaddus University

Students have told me how much they enjoy doing the labs and how the labs help them learn the material and do well in the class.

Dr. Jennifer McCall

Lecturer of Biology & Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Carolina Distance Learning® develops and manufactures lab kits that are designed specifically for college-level distance education. These kits provide the same rigor, relevance, and results as traditional labs, giving your online students a successful lab experience wherever you are.

Odigia provides digital learning and teaching tools that enhance the way students and instructors access, modify, and engage with content, collaborate with each other during the course, track progress and understanding of content, and ultimately apply knowledge.

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