http://www.ncsu.edu/coast

Produced by Alec Bodzin, a graduate fellow in Instructional Technology for Science Education at North Carolina State University, this extensive site uses the web to explore science on the Carolina coast. A photojournal takes students on a virtual trip through different ecosystems, and a section called “Coastal Research Technology” delves into the uses of various research instruments. Students can view video clips shot underwater from a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and there’s even an inquiry-based activity called “The Shell Island Dilemma,” in which students take on different roles (such as resort owner or coastal engineer) to investigate the complex issue of coastal erosion and the threat it poses to oceanfront structures. A teacher’s guide provides suggestions for using the site’s activities in both primary and secondary classrooms.