Climate Catastrophe! (1 quarter)


Instructor: Christine Hahn
UC a-g credit: Not Eligible
NCAA: Not Eligible


***This course is not available for the Track C July/August learning period.***

In this course, we will investigate the causes of climate change, how these changes impact the environment and human health, and what we can do to reduce this impact. Activities include online gizmos to observe and measure weather, analyze hurricane motion, and investigate the effect of greenhouse gases on global temperatures.  Learners will explore the impact of human activity on the environment—plastics!—and design a new functional product from recycled plastic.  They will also calculate their own carbon footprint and create an action plan to reduce it.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Covered:
MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distribution of Earth’s minerals, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.

Recommended for: Grades 7, 8

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