With a geographic focus on the Arctic, WSF has compiled some basic information about the Polar Regions, from the differences between the regions, to educational content about Antarctica and Greenland and how climate change is affecting the coldest regions of our Planet.View items...
The Will Steger Foundation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is an annual professional development workshop held every August for educators and community members on climate change. Institute sessions include climate change experts, professional educators and educational experts, community resource professionals, curriculum resources and tools for action. Past speakers have included NASA’s top climate scientists, Dr. Jim Hansen, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, Inuit leader, Theo Ikummaq and author Bill McKibben. Partners include: St. Paul Public Schools, National Education Association and Valley Natural Foods. Institutes have been held at the School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center.View items...
Dr. John Abraham is a Professor of Thermal Sciences where he researches in climate monitoring and renewable energy generation for the developing world. His energy development work has extended to Africa, South America, and Asia. Read more about him and his work here.
How can educators teach children about local impacts of climate change? Where can they find good resources for activities and up-to-date scientific information from reputable sources? Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education. She will be talking about the newly released National Climate Assessment, a scientific and governmental resource that demonstrates the local impacts on climate change and projections for the future. She will present on how to bring the NCA into the classroom and what vetted resources are available. We will focus on resources to make climate change local and relevant.
Josh Sneideman is this year’s Department of Energy’s Einstein Science Educator Fellow. He will introduce the Energy Literacy Essential Principles developed with the goal of building an energy literate public. In addition, we will introduce the Will Steger Foundation’s Experience Energy Curriculum and Mike Arquin, founder of Kidwind will demonstrate one of Kidwind’s many great activities.
Understanding climate policy is important to develop climate literacy, but engaging students in policy issues can be difficult. In an effort to make climate policy more relevant to students, the School of Environmental Studies has been taking a delegation of high school students to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change's Conference of Parties (COP) meetings for the last 4 years. This webinar includes a presentation from students that attended COP 19 in Warsaw this past November. In addition, their teacher, Craig Johnson, talks about the value of these experiences from an educational perspective. We conclude by highlighting curriculum resources to help you integrate climate change policy into your educational setting.
Polar explorer Will Steger has been traveling the polar-regions for over 45 years and is an eyewitness to the impacts of climate change. This webinar included Will’s eyewitness account via stories, photos and video clips. Attendees were also introduced to resources to help students develop their own eyewitness accounts via journaling, citizen science and media projects.
August 4-6, 2014
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN
The Midwest’s climate change education event of the year; come to the 2014 Summer Institute.
Energy education is an important component of comprehensive climate change education and essential to achieving climate literacy. This 6 lesson curriculum for Grades 3-8 introduces students to energy basics, emphasizes the connection between our energy use and consumption, the resulting impact on our climate and energy solutions that mitigate its impact. It also includes case studies of climate action projects done by high school students and an action template for planning your own solutions based action. This curriculum is alligned to Minnesota State Science Standards and the Energy Literacy Principles.
Grades K-5 Minnesota educators interested in having a classroom visit on energy should check out TOLBY, the Minnesota Energy Challenge mascot! For more information visit their webpage.
Experience Energy Curriculum Preview:
For educators who would like to download handouts and worksheets from Experience Energy download the master pages here:
- Energy Pre and Post Assessment (925KB PDF)
- States of Energy Sorting Cards (1.6MB PDF)
- Energy Scavenger Hunt Worksheet (770KB PDF)
- Minnesota Electricity Sources Cards (3.4MB PDF)
- Minnesota Electricity Journey (1.8MB PDF)
- Minnesota State Energy Map (427KB PDF)
- Minnesota Greenhouse Emissions by Source (442KB PDF)
- Economics of Energy (396KB PDF)
- Energy Source Pros and Cons (391KB PDF)
- School Energy Audit (895KB PDF)
- What’s the “cost” of energy use? (831KB PDF)
- Average Wind Speed at 80 Meters (437KB PDF)
- Photovoltaic Solar Resources of the United States (428KB PDF)
- Biomass Resources of the United States (451KB PDF)
- Climate Action Plan Template (925KB PDF)
We are happy to provide kits to enhance learning through our curricula. These kits are free for Twin Cities area educators to borrow for up to 3 weeks. Kits include: Explore Minnesota's Biomes Kit. What Does the Data Show? Activity Kit. Watt Meters. These kits are free for Twin Cities area educators to borrow for up to 3 weeks.
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