The human-caused phenomenon of climate change is negatively affecting global ecosystems, food production and human health. Engineers design devices and procedures to help us adapt to and lessen the severity of climate change impacts!
Climate Change Curriculum
The TeachEngineering engaging resources featured here, by grade band, exemplify climate change curriculum.
- What's Air Got to Do with It? Properties & Quality What's Air Got to Do with It? Properties & Quality
Students are introduced to the concepts of air pollution, air quality, and climate change. The three lesson parts (including the associated activities) focus on the prerequisites for understanding air pollution. First, students use M&M® candies to create pie graphs that express their understanding o...
- Trash to Treasure! Trash to Treasure!
Student teams use the engineering design process to create a useful product of their choice out of recyclable items and "trash." The class is given a "landfill" of reusable items, such as aluminum cans, cardboard, paper, juice boxes, chip bags, egg cartons, milk cartons, etc., and each group is allo...
- What Kind of Footprint? Carbon Footprint What Kind of Footprint? Carbon Footprint
Students determine their carbon footprints by answering questions about their everyday lifestyle choices. Then they engineer plans to reduce them.
- Dinosaur Breath Dinosaur Breath
Through discussion and hands-on experimentation, students learn about the geological (ancient) carbon cycle. They investigate the role of dinosaurs in the carbon cycle and the eventual storage of carbon in the form of chalk.
- Greenhouse Effect Models: Hot Stuff! Greenhouse Effect Models: Hot Stuff!
Students observe teacher-led demonstrations, and build and evaluate simple models to understand the greenhouse effect and the role of increased greenhouse gas concentration in global warming.
- An Introduction to Air Quality Research An Introduction to Air Quality Research
Students learn the basics about the structure of the Earth’s atmosphere, the types of pollutants that are present in the atmosphere (primary, secondary, gas-phase compounds, particulate matter), and the importance of air quality research. They are also introduced to some engineering concepts such as...
- Off the Grid Off the Grid
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."
- Model Greenhouses Model Greenhouses
Students learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the greenhouse effect. They construct their own miniature greenhouses and explore how their designs take advantage of heat transfer processes to create controlled environments. They record and graph measurements, comparing the greenhouse indoo...
- Combustion and Air Quality: Emissions Monitoring Combustion and Air Quality: Emissions Monitoring
As a class, students use a low-cost air quality monitor (a rentable “Pod”) to measure the emissions from different vehicles. By applying the knowledge about combustion chemistry that they gain during the pre-activity reading (or lecture presentation, alternatively), students predict how the emission...