For educators who are looking for self-paced professional development opportunities this summer, PBS is offering a series of free online modules on Global Climate Change. Each module includes STEM resources that aim to increase teacher knowledge of climate change concepts, many of which can be used directly with students. Each module should take about 3 to 5 hours to complete, according to the developers.
This professional development experience was funded by NASA's Global Climate Change Education initiative and is comprised of these modules:
- Introduction to Earth’s Dynamically Changing Climate: Examine evidence of climate change from different parts of the Earth’s system and consider what it means to live on a planet with a dynamically changing climate.
- Earth's Warming Climate: Are We Responsible?: Explore the relationship between increased concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere and the record of global temperature on long and short time scales by examining both instrumental data and proxy climate data from ice cores.
- Going Local with Global Warming: Make climate change science more relevant to students through local and regional data.
- The Climate Change Skeptic’s Argument: Natural Solar Cycles or Human Activity?: Examine Total Solar Irradiance data and evaluate whether contemporary global climate change can be explained by the variable energy output of our nearest star. Explore ways to introduce interactions of the dynamic climate system into your classroom.
- Carbon "Kidprints": Explore the pedagogic importance of empowering students to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.
- Earth's Orbit and Climate Change: Analyze the astronomical/orbital forces on the Earth's climate and examine data to evaluate the possible influence of natural climate cycles on the trajectory of warming temperatures we are experiencing today in Earth's climate.
- Coastal Consequences of Sea Level Rise: Learn how sea level rise will have increasingly serious consequences for human health and life quality.
- Climate Change and STEM Career Preparation: Building a Diverse Workforce: Learn how to excite students about STEM careers and identify resources that can be used to introduce students to thinking about STEM careers, especially careers related to climate change science.
- Connecting Global Climate Change with Engineering: Learn how to expose students to the excitement of engineering challenges and careers in the context of climate change science explorations and green energy challenges.
- Impacts of a Warming Arctic: Examine the evidence for changes in ice cover at the Arctic and explore why climate changes at the poles are so important to the rest of the climate system.
Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
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