About Environmental Inquiry
Inquiry (EI) is a website and curriculum series developed at Cornell University
to help you conduct environmental science research. By using these resources,
we hope you will:
- Develop research skills,
- Use these skills to design and conduct
environmental science research projects,
- Collaborate with other student
- Learn more about science content and the scientific process.
What are Protocols and Interactive
EI is organized into two levels of inquiry, similar to those
used by professional scientists.
- Protocols are standard research methods. For
example, you might learn how to conduct a bioassay using lettuce seeds to test
the toxicity of chemical compounds.
- Interactive Research. After
you have learned one or more protocols, you are likely to come up with questions
you would like to explore using these research techniques. We call this level
Interactive Research because it gives you the chance to interact with other students
as you discuss your ideas, design and conduct experiments, exchange feedback,
and present your results to other students or interested community groups.