Brownfield Action (BA) is a web-based environmental site assessment (ESA) simulation in which students form geotechnical consulting companies and work together to solve problems in environmental forensics. Developed at Barnard College with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, BA has been disseminated to ten colleges, universities, and high schools, resulting in a collaborative network of educators. The experiences of current users are presented describing how they have incorporated the BA curriculum into their courses, as well as how BA affected teaching and learning. The experiences demonstrate that BA can be used in whole or in part, is applicable to a wide range of student capabilities and has been successfully adapted to a variety of learning goals, from introducing non-science-literate students to basic concepts of environmental science and civic issues of environmental contamination to providing advanced training in ESA and modeling groundwater contamination to future environmental professionals.
Bower, Peter; Kelsey, Ryan; Liddicoat, Joseph; Thompson, Doug M.; Lampousis, Angelo; Bennington, Bret; Greenbaum Seewald, Bess; Kney, Arthur D.; Datta, Saugata; Lemke, Lawrence D.; Sorice Miccio, Briane; and Graham, Tamara, "Brownfield Action: Dissemination of a SENCER Model Curriculum and the Creation of a Collaborative STEM Education Network" (2014). CUNY Academic Works.