Local Data & Tuva - Using Local Data to Foster Science Learning

Tuva enables students to make connections between the science classroom and their communities. We see value in diving into local data to leverage the learning you want to happen in your classrooms. In doing so, you also support the use of local data in classrooms throughout the country.

How can I use Tuva to leverage “local data” in my instruction?

1. Investigate widespread phenomena with data from your area

If you're studying a widespread phenomenon (e.g., weather), you can explore it using data from where you live, rather than from far away. Tuva provides a wide range of curated datasets, such as weather, earthquakes, river flow, air quality, sea-level, and day length, to help make that possible.

Let’s explore some examples we currently have:

If data from your region is not included in a dataset, let us know and we will work to find it for you.


2. Explore data to better understand your local area

If you are focused on learning about a particular location or on comparing places, students can investigate datasets about local issues, events, and phenomena. Tuva provides a wide range of specifically-curated datasets, many of which have been requested by educators in different locations.

We have numerous datasets that are local to cities, states, and regions, including:

We also have datasets that make it easy to compare different locations, such as:

3. Access uniquely local phenomena by exploring the data

There are some phenomena that are uniquely connected to one particular location (e.g., geyser eruptions). At Tuva, we provide a range of such datasets for you to explore.

Check out some of these examples:

If there is an interesting, unique phenomenon in your area that we don’t yet have a dataset for, let us know and we will work to find it for you.

4. Have your students upload their own “local data” into Tuva

Whether they collect data in their classroom or community or find data collected by a local citizen's group, it only takes a few minutes to upload it and visualize results. Check out our Importing Your Data into Tuva resource for more details. 


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