Data Puzzle Collection

Data Puzzles are all suitable for middle and high school classrooms. Most Data Puzzles require upwards of three 60-minute class periods to complete. Each Data Puzzle is connected to a specific scientist who has contributed their own or related real datasets for the activity.

The Data Puzzle team will be building out even more activities in the near future, so check back often. Are you interested in developing your own Data Puzzle, or is there a particular topic or dataset you'd like to see in a future activity? Let us know! Contact us at Datapuzzles@colorado.edu.

 

Data Puzzle: On a Budget

Global Temperature Anomalies

Rising global temperatures over the past century indicate that Earth’s energy budget is out of balance, with the Arctic heating up at a rate faster than the global average. What can the amount of incoming shortwave and outgoing longwave energy to and from the Arctic tell us about Arctic amplification? Figure credit: NSIDC

Featured Scientist: Dr. Jen Kay, Atmospheric Scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Dataset(s): Incoming shortwave radiation (energy from the Sun) and Arctic temperatures over time

NGSS Standards: ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

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Data Puzzle: To Reflect or Not To Reflect

Graph of sea ice over time

The color of Earth's surface determines how much of the Sun's energy is reflected or absorbed, where lighter-colored surfaces are more reflective. How might the Arctic’s albedo be affected by the observed decline in sea ice? Figure credit: NASA

Featured Scientist: Dr. Jen Kay, Atmospheric Scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Dataset(s): Albedo and average September sea ice extent in the Arctic over time

NGSS Standards: ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

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Data Puzzle: It's All Connected

Sea ice lead

What makes the Arctic climate system so unique is the sea ice, which influences the Arctic climate in many ways. What effect, if any, do leads (cracks in the sea ice) have on the transfer of moisture between the Arctic ocean and atmosphere? Photo credit: Michael Gutsche, AWI

Featured Scientist: Gina Jozef, Ph.D. student and drone pilot at the University of Colorado Boulder

Featured Dataset(s): Humidity measurements upwind, downwind, and over an Arctic sea ice lead (crack) at various altitudes

NGSS Standards: ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes; ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

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