Climate Change: Understanding & Engagement
Build and test models and explore action steps to combat climate change
Middle school students build, explore, and adapt models, practicing the process of science and using data to reach a scientific conclusion in this integrated, hands-on, evidence-based curriculum. The curriculum is divided into four coherent sections: engaging students in climate change, carbon emissions and human activity, making meaning through models, and working towards a solution. We recommend having a VEEP educator in to offer our Climate Modeling workshop to support this curriculum, but teachers can also borrow the 2 Earths climate model in addition if they wish to run this activity themselves.
What is in the kit
- Kit includes: IR thermometers, dual-temperature probes, heat lamps, Kill-a-Watt meters, a wide variety of materials for building models (flasks, beakers, sand, rocks, etc), Sea Level Rising board game, Material World book, and more. Click here to view the full Climate Change kit inventory.
- Kit size: 5 large plastic totes (2 Earths model is an additional tote)
what is not in the kit
- Alka seltzer (available for purchase at $10/class)
- NGSS Standards Addressed
MS-ESS3-3 Earth and Human Activity: Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-4 Earth and Human Activity: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
MS-ESS3-5 Earth and Human Activity: Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
transportation is an additional $20 each way, or pick up kit for free in Montpelier