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June 13-14, 2012, The Office of STEM Education Partnerships (OSEP) at Northwestern University brought together a cohort of climate change and sustainability researchers and teachers to improve climate change education at the high school level. At the workshop, teachers learned from 4 scientists on the cutting edge of climate change research and sustainable solutions. Participating scientists included:
-- Associate Professor Andrew Jacobson from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences:
-- Research Assistant Professor Dick Co from the Department of Chemistry and the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Energy Research Center:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIT_ohzgqJc
-- Research Associate Professor Omar K. Farha from the Department of Chemistry:
-- Greg Lehn, Doctoral Student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences:
Teachers had the opportunity to do hands-on activities related to this research and to take these activities back to their classroom. We also discussed strategies for aligning this content to the new dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to develop new classroom materials, including assessments, based on the research presented.
For a complete list of these materials, please click here.
In October 2010, the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences hosted Northwestern University's second annual Climate Change Symposium. Leading climate change experts presented research on carbon capture and sequestration, paleoclimatology, alternative energy, sustainability and current policy issues. OSEP invited several Chicago area teachers to attend the symposium and create classroom activtities based on the lectures they attended. The activities are appropriate for middle to high school classrooms and cover topics in general science, chemistry, physics, earth and environmental sciences.
OSEP hosted a second climate change and sustainability professional development opportunity on June 20, 2011. Chicago area teachers met Northwestern faculty and learned about the climate change research they are conducting. These teachers developed lab activities which have been added to our growing library of climate change materials.
Image courtesy Ralph F. Keeling. "Understanding Atmospheric Oxygen: the other half of the global carbon dioxide story." Scripps Institution of Oceanography. University of California, San Diego.