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Climate Change and the Oceans
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This activity covers the role that the oceans may play in climate change and how climate change may affect the oceans. It is lesson 8 in a nine-lesson module Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
The King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Car of the Future
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In this activity, student teams research and develop a proposal to decrease the carbon footprint of their city's/town's public transportation system and then prepare a report that explains why their transportation plan is the best for their community.

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Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Woody Biomass-Nebraska
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This video illustrates the advantages of woody biomass as a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source. Woody biomass is underutilized and often overlooked as a renewable fuel, and it can be harvested sustainably and burned cleanly.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PBS Foundation
the.gov
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Power Your House with Wind
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This is a hands-on activity students design, build, and test. They compare the energy-generating capacities of vertical- and horizontal- axis wind turbine prototypes they have built as potential sources for power in a home.

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Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tyler Maline
University of Colorado
Date Added:
09/24/2018
How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures: Activity A How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?
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In this 2-part inquiry-based lesson, students conduct a literature search to determine the characteristics of the atmospheres of different planets (Venus, Mercury, Mars and Earth). After collecting and analyzing data, student teams design and conduct a controlled physical experiment using a lab apparatus to learn about the interaction of becomes CO², air, and temperature. The resource includes student worksheets, a design proposal, and student questions. Connections to contemporary climate change are addressed. This lesson is the first of four in Topic 4, "How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures?" within the resource, Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate?

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air
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In his book, MacKay explores our population's addiction to fossil fuels and the problems faced with sustainability. Two issues faced with fossil fuels are they will eventually run out and they are harming our environment during use. McKay does not give one simple solution to the problem, but contrast various advanced technologies and how they may be applied to improve our environment and sustainability. More information may be found at http://www.withouthotair.com/.

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Technology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Center for Automotive Technology - Macomb
Provider Set:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology
Author:
University of Cambridge
Date Added:
11/03/2008
Combating Global Warming Mind Map
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An attractive concept/mind map that illustrates various human strategies for responding to climate change. It was developed by a psychologist and not by an educator or scientist but can be used to inspire discussion and artistic representations of the human dimension to climate and energy issues.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Media Learning Fundamentals
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Energy3D Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication Tool for Making Model Buildings
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Energy3D presents an easy-to-use 3D user interface for designing model buildings. Students can quickly sketch up a house, a building, or even a village. Energy3D allows students to "print out" a design, cut out the pieces, and use them to assemble a physical model.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Date Added:
11/02/2013
Building an Energy Efficient and Healthy Home
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this presentation containing "guidance on how to design, develop and build an energy efficient house" for high school and community college energy technology instructors.Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/21/2011
Technologies that Reduce Greenhouse Gases
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This interactive visualization provides information in text, graphic, and video format about renewable energy technologies. Resource in the Student's Guide to Global Climate Change, part of EPA Climate Change Division.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
EPA
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Solar Energy Technology Programs: Photovoltaic
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The main page for the U.S. Department of Energy website on photovoltaics. "The U.S. Department of Energy works to provide clean, reliable, affordable solar electricity for the nation through its research programs in photovoltaic (PV) energy systems. The following pages explain the "how's" and "why's" of PV. Whether you are a student, consumer, engineer, or researcher, there is something here for you. The website includes the following pages: -How PV works -Why PV is important -How and why PV is used -How DOE is supporting research of solar energy -How you, the consumer, can use PV and other solar energy technologies -How students, educators, and trainers can learn more about PV.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/02/2012
Hurricanes as Heat Engines
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In this activity, students examine the effects of hurricanes on sea surface temperature using NASA data. They examine authentic sea surface temperature data to explore how hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean surface.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
My NASA Data
NASA
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Solar Thermal Energy: BTU or Bust
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This lesson plan from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) will allow students the opportunity to design, build, test and evaluate a solar energy heating device that will raise the temperature of a pound of water sealed in a PVC pipe to the highest BTU level without damaging the cylinder. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/08/2013
Melissa Franklin: High Energy Physics
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This video segment adapted from Discovering Women profiles Fermilab physicist and Harvard professor Melissa Franklin.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
The Lifestyle Project at Vancouver Island University, British Columbia
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The project is used in two courses, both with the theme of understanding the environmental implications of our use of energy, exploring personal energy use, and learning about the types of energy available to Canadians. One is a face-to-face course for Education majors, the other is an on-line course available to all upper-level (3rd and 4th year) students.

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Subject:
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Author:
Steven Earle, Geology Department, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Date Added:
12/07/2021
Clean Coal?
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This video and accompanying essay examine ways to reduce the environmental impact of burning coal. Two technologies are discussed: turning solid coal into a clean-burning fuel gas (syngas), and capture and storage of CO2.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Teachers' Domain
WGBH - PBS
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Lab 6: A Year in the Life of the Earth System
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Students have been examining Earth as a system of interacting parts, initially from the local perspective but more recently from the regional and global perspectives. In order to fully understand the Earth as a system and how its components interact with each other, students need to consider change over time. On relatively short times scales, these changes are related to the fact that the solar energy that drives the Earth system passes through an atmosphere that varies across space and time before reaching a spinning sphere. Across longer seasonal and annual time scales, these changes are more specifically related to the differential heating that results from the tilt of Earth's axis and Earth's orbit around the sun. At this longer-term global scale, it may be easier to see the repeating patterns of change across space and time and to infer how changes in one sphere may be linked to changes in others.

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Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Date Added:
06/16/2022
Estimated Carbon Dioxide Emissions in 2008 by State
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These flow charts show carbon dioxide emissions for each state, the District of Columbia and the entire United States. Emissions are distinguished by energy source and end use.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
A.J. Simon
Clara A. Smith
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories
Rich Belles
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Learning About Renewable Energy: Photovoltaics
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The National Renewable Energy Labratory has a very easy to understand explanation of what solar cells (photovoltaics or PV) are, how they work, and the different types.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/25/2012
EFOG:Energy Facility Contractors Group
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The Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCG) is a volunteer organization composed of Department of Energy (DOE) contractors working together to improve the cost effectiveness of DOE operations by promoting, coordinating, and facilitating the active exchange of successful programs, practices, procedures, lessons learned, and other information of common interest. The library includes annual reports and bi-monthly reports of the progress made by EFCG.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/14/2007
Electron Energy Levels of Atoms and Ions
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This activity is a simple way for students to understand the basics of electron energy levels, a fundamental atomic concept.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jeff Ehmke
Date Added:
12/09/2011
Waste to Energy Incineration in Anywhere USA
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In this exercise from ATEEC, students will complete a critical thinking activity on social injustice human health risks and waste recycling. Students will take on the role of the mayor, a presenter from a company that engineers and installs landfill gas-to-energy technology, and community representatives to study the "pro's and con's of commonly used waste maangement technologies and practices." "Talking points" are included for seven different roles in this activity along with instructions for both teacher and student preparation.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/21/2014
Solar Ovens-Understanding Energy Transfer
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This lesson, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, covers the concept of solar ovens. In this lesson, students will learn how "thermal energy flows from the hot air to the cold water via conduction and will indicate that this would continue to happen until the water sample reaches the same temperature as the oven air. The students will also answer questions about how heat could be lost in the oven through conduction and convection, as well as how to get more solar radiation into the oven." Additionally, this experiment will prompt students to examine the relationships between conduction, convection, and radiation. Teacher and Student guides for parts one and two are included. 

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/25/2014
The Formation of Fossil Fuels - Earth: The Operators' Manual
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This video segment from the Earth Operators Manual summarizes how fossil fuels are made, provides a comparison of how long it takes to store energy in coal, oil and natural gas, and discusses how fast we're using them.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth: The Operators' Manual
Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Striking a Solar Balance
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This NASA video reviews the role of the sun in driving the climate system. It uses colorful animations to illustrate Earth's energy balance and how increased greenhouse gases are creating an imbalance in the energy budget, leading to warming. The video also reviews how the NASA satellite program collects data on the sun.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Space Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA
nasa.gov/multimedia
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Plant for the Planet
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This video describes the foundation Plant for the Planet, a foundation created by a 9-year-old German boy, Felix. This foundation has planted more than 500,000 trees in Germany, which he says help sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The student rallies, first his community and then other children, to plant millions of trees to offset our energy-use emissions.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Young Voices for the Planet
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Climate Momentum Simulation
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The Climate Momentum Simulation allows users to quickly compare the resulting sea level rise, temperature change, atmospheric CO2, and global CO2 emissions from six different policy options projected out to 2100.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Climate Interactive
Drew Drew Jones
Nicholas Owens
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Images of Change
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This collection of photos from the NASA Climate website features images of global change, such as floods, wildfires, and retreating glaciers. Not all images show change caused directly by climate change and energy use, and descriptive captions indicate causes for change in most of the images.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA
NASA Climate
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Sea Ice Extension for the Earth as a System Learning Activity
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The purpose of this activity is to identify global patterns and connections in environmental data contained in the GLOBE Earth Systems Poster, to connect observations made within the Earth Systems Poster to data and information at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and to understand the connections between solar energy and changes at the poles, including feedback related to albedo.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Gary Randolph
GLOBE Program
National Snow and Ice Data Center
SERC On The Cutting Edge Collection
Walt Meier
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Responding to Climate Change
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This is the ninth and final lesson in a series of lessons about climate change. This lesson focuses on the various activities that humans can do to mitigate the effects of climate change. This includes information on current and predicted CO2 emission scenarios across the globe, alternative energy sources, and how people are currently responding to climate change. Importantly, this lesson is motivating in showing students that they can make a difference.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Date Added:
09/24/2018
The Flow of Energy: Primary Production to Higher Trophic Levels
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Today we will explore some of the multiple topics related to the flow of energy in ecosystems. Energy is used up and lost as heat as it moves through ecosystems, and new energy is continually added to the earth in the form of solar radiation. As we learned in the last lecture, the earth is an open system in regard to energy.Nutrients and other materials, on the other hand, are continually recirculated within and among ecosystems, and by and large there are no new inputs or losses from the planet. In terms of materials, then, the earth is a closed system. Both energy and materials are essential to ecosystem structure, function, and composition. You have already been exposed to the basic concepts of nutrient cycles; in this lecture we focus on energy. Note that in terms of the cycling of carbon, "materials" and energy can be inter-converted. For example, we know how many calories (a measure of energy) a gram of certain carbon compounds materials such as fats or carbohydrates contain.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Klink, George
Date Added:
04/08/2010
Lab 2: Drawing Local Connections
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Students annotate a photograph of their local study site and then develop a more abstract diagram of the site that highlights the flow of energy and matter among the four components of the Earth system. The investigation concludes with students sharing their diagrams and creating a single class diagram to represent their study site.

After completing this investigation, students will be able to:

- analyze a photograph of their local study site with respect to Earth systems;
- annotate interconnections among components of the Earth system on a photograph;
- translate their analysis of their study site into a diagram of energy and matter flow among components of the Earth system; and
- interpret and evaluate diagrams of their local study site.

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Subject:
Ecology
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Date Added:
04/15/2021
Ask a High-Energy Astronomer/Ask an Astrophysicist
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This service answers users questions on a wide variety of topics in high-energy astronomy. Questions are answered by scientists within the Lab for High-Energy Astrophysics at NASA/GSFC. An archive of questions and answers are categorized by topic for users to browse. Suggestions for additional information resources are also provided.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Author:
NASA GSFC/ HEASARC
Date Added:
11/05/2014
How Do Biological Organisms Use Energy?
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This analysis and discussion activity introduces students to the basic principles of how biological organisms use energy. The focus is on understanding the roles of ATP and cellular respiration. In addition, students apply the principles of conservation of energy and conservation of matter to avoid common errors and correct common misconceptions. This activity helps students meet the Next Generation Science Standards.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Serendip Studio
Provider Set:
Minds-On Activities for Teaching Biology
Author:
Ingrid Waldron
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Large Scale Wind Energy & Turbine Technology
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this document on large scale wind power technology. The material would be a good introduction for students just being introduced to concepts in large scale wind technology. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Schmidt, Mike
Date Added:
09/26/2012
Gamma Ray Telescope Senses High-Energy Radiation
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This video from NASA describes the GLAST satellite, which is equipped with a gamma-ray telescope, and shares some background about the kinds of extreme universal phenomena indicated by the presence of gamma rays.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
WNET
Date Added:
10/28/2011
Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC)
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides a wide range of environmental and energy technology learning resources for students, teachers, and technicians; the Center does this, in part, through their electronic Environmental Resources Library (eErl) digital library. The Center's objective is the "advancement of environmental technology education through curriculum development, professional development, and program improvement in the nation's community colleges and high schools." ATEEC is housed at Scott Community College (Bettendorf, Iowa) and was established by National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Center funds.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
05/02/2007
Using WebMO to Investigate Fluorescence in the Ingredients of Energy Drinks
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With computers gaining more powerful processors, computational modeling can be introduced gradually to secondary students allowing them to visualize complex topics and gather data in the different scientific fields. In this study, students from four rural high schools used computational tools to investigate attributes of the ingredients that might cause fluorescence in energy drinks. In the activity, students used the computational tools of WebMO to model several ingredients in energy drinks and gather data on them, such as molecular geometry and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra (UV-Vis spectra). Using the data they collected, students analyzed and compared their ingredient molecules and then compared them to molecules that are known to fluoresce to determine any patterns. After students participated in this activity, data from testing suggest they were more aware of fluorescence, but not more aware of how to read an UV-Vis spectrum.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Chemistry
Provider:
Shodor
Provider Set:
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk
Author:
Emily Chrisman
Kendra Carroll
Mark Smith
Patty Page
Date Added:
10/30/2014
Images from High-Energy Astrophysics Missions
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This collection of images features spacecraft and instruments used for high-energy research, typically studies of X-rays and Gamma rays. The collection includes pictures of early astronomy rockets and instruments, an archive of videos, and a large selection of images of vehicles and instruments from more recent missions. Some of the more recent missions also include lightcurve, spectral, and/or image data.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Great Chemistry! How is Energy Released in Chemical Reactions?
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The Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop (MAST) provides this activity to look at the ways in which energy is released in chemical reactions. The class will examine plaster of paris, bromthymol blue and the hydration of baking soda. Students will observe the temperature changes of each.The lesson includes step by step directions for the experiment. Discussion questions and teacher notes are also included.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
07/23/2012
Defining Agriculture-Based Renewable Energy Careers
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) presents this report identifying and defining "the intersection of two broad occupational fields: agriculture and renewable energy (RE)." The results of the workshop, held in 2010, are included here. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item. The material is available in PDF file format.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
11/14/2012
The Smart Grid in Action: Increasing Renewable Energy Penetration
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this presentation from Julie Zinn Patti on smart grid technology. The material compares the traditional energy grid to the smart grid, looks at models in other countries and also discusses workforce development in the area of smart grid certificate programs. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Patti, Julie Zinn
Date Added:
10/15/2012
Nanotechnology Invention and Design: Phase Changes, Energy, and Crystals
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This lab, presented by the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, students will "explore how energy exchanges lead to solid-state phase changes at the macroscale and explore the applications of this nanotechnology." Additionally, students will have the opportunity to examine "various energy inputs on the crystal lattice of a smart material, Nitinol, and then invites students to become nanotechnology inventors" themselves. Included in this lab are: Teachers guide, Student prelab worksheet w/ answers, Student worksheet with answers, Student prelab worksheet, Student Worksheet, Evaluation form for design project.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
08/29/2014
Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map
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This is an interactive map of California and the Sierra Nevada mountains, showing how the amount of water stored in the snowpack will vary under different climate scenarios. The tool shows observations and projections from 1950 to 2090, and uses low or high emission scenarios to model future snowpack. The tool can be adjusted to show different months of the year and various climate models, graphed by site.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
California Energy Commission
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Lab 7: A Year in the Life of the Earth System
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Students have been examining Earth as a system of interacting parts, initially from the local perspective but more recently from the regional and global perspectives. In order to fully understand the Earth as a system and how its components interact with each other, students need to consider change over time. On relatively short times scales, these changes are related to the fact that the solar energy that drives the Earth system passes through an atmosphere that varies across space and time before reaching a spinning sphere. Across longer seasonal and annual time scales, these changes are more specifically related to the differential heating that results from the tilt of Earth's axis and Earth's orbit around the sun. At this longer-term global scale, it may be easier to see the repeating patterns of change across space and time and to infer how changes in one sphere may be linked to changes in others.

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Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Date Added:
09/29/2022
Temperature: Decadal Averages Map
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This interactive map allows students to experiment with decadal average temperature projections. Overall temperatures are expected to rise throughout the century and this tool demonstrates those projected measurements.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
California Energy Commission
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Off the Grid (Lesson)
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Students learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. They also learn about our nation's electric power grid and what it means for a residential home to be "off the grid."

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Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tyler Maline
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Local Climate Snapshots
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This interactive visualization provides a clear, well-documented snapshot of current and projected values of several climate variables for local areas in California. The climate variables include observed and projected temperatures, projected snowpack, areas vulnerable to flooding due to sea level rise, and projected increase in wildfires. The projected values come from expert sources and well-established climate models.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
California Energy Commission
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Maximizing Kinetic Energy: An Investigation Using Marbles and Marble Run Construction Sets
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This is an indoor lab where students design marble runs to test what factors affect the final velocity of a marble.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Carmen Gavin Vanegas
Date Added:
12/13/2011
Atmospheric Processes
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This image depicts a representative subset of the atmospheric processes related to aerosol lifecycles, cloud lifecycles, and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions that must be understood to improve future climate predictions.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Climate Placemat: Energy-Climate Nexus
US Department of Energy
US Department of Energy Office of Science
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Lab 8: Hot Water and Hurricanes
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Students explore issues related to the rapid intensification of hurricanes. They become familiar with the concepts of heat energy and the specific heat of water and interact with animations of sea surface temperature images to identify the Gulf Stream and the Loop Current. Students use NOAA View and Google Earth, free data-image tools, to explore visualizations of heat content in the Gulf of Mexico just before Hurricane Katrina. The examine a plotted path of Katrina as an overlay on these visualizations and observe changes in the heat content of Gulf waters as the hurricane passed over it.

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Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
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Interactive
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Date Added:
06/22/2022
Science Doesn't Suck... It Blows! Teaching STEM Through Wind Energy
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this document which is intended to organize an instructional session for educators on wind energy. The goal is for participants to gain insight into how to integrate wind energy into their curriculum, regardless of what subject or grade level they teach. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Lawrence, Richard
Rand, Joe
Date Added:
11/23/2012
Water, Water Everywhere
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This is a short NASA video on the water cycle. The video shows the importance of the water cycle to nearly every natural process on Earth and illustrates how tightly coupled the water cycle is to climate.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Program Framework and Collaboration: Sustainable Energy from High School to Community College
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The Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) provides this presentation which outlines a framework for a degree program in sustainable energy. The document also details how educators can establish high school to community college pathways in sustainable energy. The presentation includes links to free online curricula and lab activities in renewable energy. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
09/10/2012
Climate Feedback Loops
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This is the seventh of nine lessons in the 'Visualizing and Understanding the Science of Climate Change' website. This lesson addresses climate feedback loops and how these loops help drive and regulate Earth's unique climate system.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
King's Centre for Visualization in Science Researchers
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Global Warming: Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect
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This video segment demonstrates carbon dioxide's role in the greenhouse effect and explains how increasing concentrations of C02 in the atmosphere may be contributing to global warming. Video includes an unusual demonstration of C02's heat-absorbing properties, using infrared film, a researcher's face, and a stream of C02 between them.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
FRONTLINE/NOVA
Teachers' Domain
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/27/2014
The Incredible Carbon Journey
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In this activity, students explore the way that human activities have changed the way that carbon is distributed in Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.

Subject:
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NOAA (adapted from Kentucky Association for Environmental Education)
Oceanservice.noaa.gov
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Collisional Heating
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This visualization shows the molecular interaction of infrared radiation with various gases in the atmosphere. Focus is on the interaction with C02 molecules and resultant warming of the troposphere.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
A. Martin
B. Martin
D. Eymundson
K. Genuis
King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Mahaffy
T Keeler
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Solar Thermal Energy: Design a Solar Hot Water Heater System
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This classroom activity from the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) has students examine a collector and tank for a solar hot water heater and estimate the amount of energy and money saved by replacing the traditional hot water heater. Users must download this resource for viewing, which requires a free log-in. There is no cost to download the item.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Author:
Bullwinkel, Matt
Date Added:
01/08/2013
Hestia Software Measures Urban Carbon Dioxide Emissions
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This short video describes the Hestia project - a software tool and data model that provide visualizations of localized CO2 emissions from residential, commercial, and vehicle levels, as well as day versus night comparisons, in the city of Indianapolis.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
Kevin Gurney
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Heating it Up! Which Fuel Source Has More Heat Energy?
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The Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop (MAST) provides this activity to compare the amount of energy given off in combustion reactions. The experiment has two different objectives. The first is the comparison of heat energy given off between different fuel sources and the second is determining the cleaner burning fuels. This lab uses temperature changes to indicate heat energy. The lesson includes step by step directions for the experiment.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
12/05/2012
Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic
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This Changing Planet video documents scientists' concerns regarding how melting Arctic sea ice will increase the amount of fresh water in the Beaufort Gyre, which could spill out into the Atlantic and cause major climate shifts in North America and Western Europe. The video includes interviews with scientists and a look at the basics of how scientists measure salinity in the ocean and how ocean circulation works in the Arctic.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NBC Learn
NESTA - Windows to the Universe
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Greenhouse Gases: A Closer Look
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This lesson covers different aspects of the major greenhouse gases - water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxides and CFCs - including some of the ways in which human activities are affecting the atmospheric concentrations of these key greenhouse gases. This is lesson six in a nine-lesson module about climate change.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Regulating Greenhouse Gases
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This video highlights the work of climate scientists in the Amazon who research the relationship between deforestation, construction of new dams, and increased amounts of greenhouse gases being exchanged between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
KQED
Teachers' Domain
Date Added:
09/24/2018
What Does Carbon Dioxide Have To Do With Global Warming?
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In this video Dr. Richard Alley poses and addresses a simple question: What does carbon dioxide have to do with global warming?

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group, Lehigh University
Richard Alley
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Where do you put a wind farm?
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In this learning activity, students analyze various sources of information to determine the best location for a new wind farm.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Kid Wind Project
Windwise Education Program
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Conservation of Energy and Heat Problems
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This page provides a set of context-rich physics problems relating to introductory thermodynamics. Each context-rich problem is based on a real-world situation, and includes both information that is relevant to solving the problem and extraneous information. Strategies for problem solving are not explicitly provided. Each problem is formulated so it is too difficult for one student to solve alone, yet not too difficult for a group to master. This resource is based on the research results of the Minnesota Physics Education Research group. See Related items on this page for a link to the full collection.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Kenneth Heller
Patricia Heller
University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group
Date Added:
07/22/2008
It's Us
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This video segment from 'Earth: The Operators' Manual' explores how we know that today's increased levels of CO2 are caused by humans burning fossil fuels and not by some natural process, such as volcanic out-gassing. Climate scientist Richard Alley provides a detailed step-by-step explanation that examines the physics and chemistry of different "flavors," or isotopes, of carbon in Earth's atmosphere.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
EARTH: The Operators' Manual
Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions
Date Added:
09/24/2018
How Do We Know: Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice
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This short video from Climate Central explains the technology used to monitor changes in Arctic sea ice. Long-term tracking (since the late 1970's) shows Arctic sea ice has been on a steady decline and this could have significant implications for global temperatures.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Climate Central
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Resources: Nanotechnology and the NAE Grand Challenge Make Solar Energy Economical
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This group of materials is designed to provide a framework to teach students in an introductory engineering course basic nanotechnology concepts. The materials use the NAE grand challenge “Make Solar Energy Economical” to underpin the need and potential for nanotechnology to address society’s needs.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Module
Provider:
nanoHUB.org
Author:
Edward Davis
Virginia A. Davis
Date Added:
11/13/2017
Carbon Cycle
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This activity from NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory introduces students to the scientific understanding of the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. The activity leads them through several interactive tasks to investigate recent trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Students analyze scientific data and use scientific reasoning to determine the causes responsible for these recent trends. By studying carbon cycle science in a visual and interactive manner, students can learn firsthand about the reasons behind our changing climate.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Changing Planet: Thawing Permafrost and Methane
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This video examines the thawing of permafrost due to changes in climate and shows examples of the impacts that warming temperatures have on permafrost in the Arctic, including the release of the greenhouse gas methane. Dramatic results are shown, including sink holes forming on the landscape and beneath buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, causing some communities to relocate.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NBC Learn
UCAR
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Climate Heroes: Stories of Change
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This documentary film takes the viewer on a virtual trip around the world to visit communities in different countries (Asia, Africa, Central America, Australia) taking action on climate change. The documentary weaves together nine inspiring stories, showing that action on climate change is creating jobs, improving lives and turning dreams of a better future into reality.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Momentum for Change
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Steroids, Baseball and Climate Change
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This short cartoon video uses a simple baseball analogy (steroid use increases probability of hitting home runs) to explain how small increases in greenhouse gases can cause global temperature changes and increase the probability of extreme weather events.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Climate Central
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Poker Chip Model: Global Carbon Pools and Fluxes
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This short activity provides a way to improve understanding of a frequently-published diagram of global carbon pools and fluxes. Students create a scaled 3-D visual of carbon reservoirs and the movement of carbon between reservoirs.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
U.S. Department of Energy
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Science for a Hungry World: Agriculture and Climate Change
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This NASA video explores the relationship between climate and agriculture. The video discusses the variability of climate impacts in different regions, as well as the effects of population growth and higher demands for food in areas that already struggle to supply food for the people. The video highlights the need for accurate, continuous, and accessible data and computer models from NASA satellites to track and predict the challenges farmers face as they adjust to a changing climate.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Aquarius: Ocean Circulation
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This short video from NASA discusses the role that salinity plays in Earth's climate and ocean circulation, focusing on the observations of the Aquarius satellite.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA
Date Added:
08/17/2018
Carbon Pollution: Costs and Cures
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This video features a number of different climate scientists describing the effects of the increasing amount of carbon dioxide on global climate and proposing a series of solutions to mitigate these effects. Video addresses health problems and other costs to humans associated with climate change.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Climate Change Education Resources
Date Added:
09/24/2018
West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide: Modeling our Future Climate
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In this video, students see how data from the ice core record is used to help scientists predict the future of our climate. Video features ice cores extracted from the WAIS Divide, a research station on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
National Science Foundation
WAIS Divide Ice Core
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Summertime, Soda, and Solar Energy- Insulating to Keep Heat In or Out
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This lesson plan looks at changes in temperature, and how one adjusts to keep the body comfortable during different times of the year. In cold weather, we insulate to keep heat from escaping, and in hot weather, we aim to keep as much heat out as possible. Students will compare different insulating materials to determine the best material for insulating against heat loss and against heat gain. The activity will also help to explain why insulation is an important part of a solar energy collector.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
01/10/2011
Take Aim At Climate Change
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This music video features a rap song about some of the causes and effects of climate change with the goal of increasing awareness of climate change and how it will impact nature and humans.

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Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Polar Palooza.com
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Gulf Stream Heat Budget and Europe's Mild Climate: A Problem-based Learning Activity
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In this role-playing activity, learners are presented with a scenario in which they determine whether the Gulf Stream is responsible for keeping northern Europe warm. They must also address the potential future of the Gulf Stream if polar ice were to continue melting. The students work in small groups to identify the issue, discuss the problem, and develop a problem statement. They are then asked what they need to know to solve the problem.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
From the On The Cutting Edge activity collection
Plymouth State University
Warren C. Tomkiewicz
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Changing Planet: Ocean Temperatures
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This video follows Bermuda scientists into the field as they collect data that documents a warming trend in ocean temperatures. BIOS Director Tony Knapp discusses some of the impact of warming temperatures on sea levels, storms, and marine ecosystems.

Subject:
Physical Science
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
NASA/Windows on the Universe
NBC Learn
Date Added:
10/27/2014
State Electricity on Google Earth: How many solar panels would it take?
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In this activity, students calculate electricity use by state and determine, using Google Earth, how much land would be required to replace all sources of electricity with solar panels.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Billy Goodman Passaic Valley High School
CLEAN Community Collection
Maureen Padden McMaster University
Todd Greene California State University-Chico
Date Added:
09/24/2018
It's Tiggerific!
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Students investigate potential energy held within springs (elastic potential energy) as part of the Research and Revise step. Class begins with a video of spring shoes or bungee jumping. Then students move on into notes and problems as a group. A few questions are given as homework. The Test Your Mettle section concludes. The lesson includes a dry lab that involves pogo sticks to solidify the concepts of spring potential energy, kinetic energy and gravitational energy, as well as conservation of energy.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Joel Daniel
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Using Satellite Images to Understand Earth's Atmosphere
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In this Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter, students select, explore, and analyze satellite imagery. They do so in the context of a case study of the origins of atmospheric carbon monoxide and aerosols, tiny solid airborne particles such as smoke from forest fires and dust from desert wind storms. They use the software tool ImageJ to animate a year of monthly images of aerosol data and then compare the animation to one created for monthly images of carbon monoxide data. Students select, explore, and analyze satellite imagery using NASA Earth Observatory (NEO) satellite data and NEO Image Composite Explorer (ICE) tool to investigate seasonal and geographic patterns and variations in concentration of CO and aerosols in the atmosphere.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Earth Exploration Toolbook, TERC
et. al.
Todd Ensign
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Energy and the Environment
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This experiment illustrates how seemingly harmless individual actions can, when taken collectively, develop into larger costs to society.

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Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Sheryl Ball
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide
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This is a figure from the 2007 IPCC Assessment Report 4 on atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide over the last 10,000 years (large panels) and since 1750 (inset panels).

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change)
Date Added:
06/19/2012
All About Carbon Dioxide
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This animation depicts the carbon cycle in a fashion that is suited for younger audiences. The video discusses how carbon enters and exits the environment through both natural and human-driven ways.

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Physical Science
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour
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Bell Telephone Science Hour produced this video in 1958, explaining how the production of CO2 from factories and automobiles is causing the atmosphere to warm, melting the polar ice caps, and causing the sea level to rise.

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Physical Science
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Bell Telephone Science Hour
Frank Capra
Date Added:
09/24/2018
Who Will Take the Heat?
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This activity engages students in a role play to negotiate an agreement between the United States and China about climate change policies. Students use given background material or can do their own additional research to present their assigned stakeholder's position in a simulated negotiation.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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NOVA
PBS Teachers
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Scales and Processes of the Global Carbon Cycle
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This static visualization shows that the global carbon cycle is determined by the interactions of climate, the environment, and Earth's living systems at many levels, from molecular to global.

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History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Biological and Environmental Research Information System (BERIS)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Ocean Tipping Point?
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This video highlights research conducted at Woods Hole on how heat absorbed by the ocean and changes of ocean chemistry from human activities could lead to a tipping point for marine life and ecosystems. Includes ice bath experiment that models the tipping point of Arctic sea ice.

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Physical Science
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
PBS Now
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Exploring the Link Between Hurricanes and Climate Using GCM Results
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In this activity, students examine global climate model output and consider the potential impact of global warming on tropical cyclone initiation and evolution. As a follow-up, students read two short articles on the connection between hurricanes and global warming and discuss these articles in context of what they have learned from model output.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Cindy Shellito
SERC - On the Cutting Edge Collection
Date Added:
06/19/2012
Modeling the oceanic thermohaline circulation with STELLA
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In this activity for undergraduate students, learners build a highly simplified computer model of thermohaline circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean and conduct a set of simulation experiments to understand the complex dynamics inherent in this simple model.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Dave Bice
On the Cutting Edge collection, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Penn State University
Date Added:
06/19/2012
World Climate: Climate Change Negotiations Game
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This simulation provides scenarios for exploring the principles of climate dynamics from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Interconnections among climate issues, public stakeholders, and the governance spheres are investigated through creative simulations designed to help students understand international climate change negotiations.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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(Copyrighted by Climate Interactive, creators of the Climate Scoreboard, C-ROADS, Climate Bathtub and other interactive tools to enable thinking in systems)
John Sterman
Tom Fiddaman
Date Added:
06/19/2012
From Pond Scum to Power
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This animated slideshow introduces biodiesel as a fuel alternative. With concern about the use of petroleum-based fuels at an all-time high, biodiesel is experiencing a popularity surge. And algaeâotherwise known to some as pond scumâ are grabbing headlines as the next potential biodiesel superstar. But how and why do algae make oil? And why do they make so much of it? In this audio slide show, U.C. Berkeley's Kris Niyogi describes the process and its potential.

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Technology
History, Law, Politics
Physical Science
Geoscience
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Melissa Salpietra
NOVA scienceNOW
Date Added:
10/27/2014
Hot, Cold, Fresh and Salty
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The NOAA Ocean Service Education lab requires students create and manipulate solutions simulating different ocean water characteristics in order to recognize that the effects of salinity and temperature are the drivers of thermohaline circulation.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Jerry Roth
NOAA Ocean Service
Date Added:
09/24/2018