Removing hydrocarbons has become an essential activity for humankind. However, their production does not come without the potential to affect the natural and built environments, such as increasing seismic hazards. We will explore the science behind this through a classroom-ready lesson that blends crosscutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and practices of science and engineering through the eight steps of the ADI process. Students explore a research question, determine the data necessary to explore the question, and collect the data. Through collaborative analysis and interpretation, their data becomes evidence for claims presented in a scientific poster session. Deliberating over conclusions from across the class, and participation in a class discussion about physical processes of induced seismicity sets up teams to further enhance their own arguments. Students collectively participate in, but individually write, a double-blind peer review.
Students work in small groups to:
- Collect and analyze real earthquake and well data
- Develop and justify a claim based upon the evidence
- Discuss and critique the claims of other groups to identify errors or faulty reasoning
- Prepare an investigative report