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Climate Wisconsin: Extreme Heat

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Climate Wisconsin

This short video addresses the effects of heat waves on human populations, with African American residents of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the visual subjects. The narrative is done by a young spoken- word artist.

Video length: 2:46 minutes.

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Teaching Tips

  • Suggestions as to how to use the video in the classroom are listed on the climatewisconsin.org website.

About the Science

  • This video uses images, music, and poetry to describe the impacts of extreme heat on an urban community.
  • Science facts are interjected into the narrative.
  • An essay on the website provides additional background information.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Resource does well in highlighting geographical differences in extreme heat conditions. Statement that frequency of extreme heat events in urban areas is untrue. Extreme heat events are typically larger in spatial scale than cities (i.e. they are more regional than that), so frequency is largely determined by large-scale atmospheric/oceanic processes.

About the Pedagogy

  • This is a spoken-word media piece that mingles art and science in a way that successfully communicates important information in a compelling fashion.
  • Students of color will likely be able to identify themselves with the main characters.
  • There are some additional education resources as well as teaching tips available on the climatewisconsin.org Website.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The resolution may be be suitable for classroom projection.

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