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Energy Choices and Climate Change

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This interactive provides two scenarios for students to look at issues related to energy and climate change: from the perspective of either a family, or a monarch.

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Teaching Tips

  • Educators could produce an activity sheet that addresses reasons and justifications for the students' choices in each section, as well as learning from the side-bar information on the right sides of the screens.
  • Could also work as a homework assignment.

About the Science

  • In the scenarios provided, students make decisions about the types and amount of energy used and see what effect their decisions have on the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. The goal is to reduce the greenhouse gases emissions while keeping costs reasonable.
  • Comment from expert scientist: Good tool with the only caveat that it doesn't include all attributions.

About the Pedagogy

  • A great activity for applying science learning to real life and everyday choices.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Interactive is thorough, informative, and engaging to play.
  • An excellent online learning tool; an assessment component would be helpful.

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