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Capturing Carbon: Where do We Put it and Why?

Sophia Vatistas, Northwestern University

This as a 2-part activity in which students study the properties of CO2 in a lab and then use Web resources to research different types of carbon capture. A video lecture accompanies the activity.

Activity takes three to five 50-minute class periods. Access to a chemistry lab is necessary.

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Climate Literacy
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About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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Increased acidity of oceans and negative impacts on food chain due to increasing carbon dioxide levels
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Energy Literacy

Different sources of energy and the different ways energy can be transformed, transported and stored each have different benefits and drawbacks.
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4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.
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5.5 Political factors.
Greenhouse gases affect energy flow through the Earth system.
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.

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1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:C) Collecting information
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2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.1 The Earth as a Physical System:B) Changes in matter
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Teaching Tips

  • While the lesson states that it relates to Climate Literacy Essential Principle 6 (Human activities are impacting the climate system), activity does not explicitly address the content of this standard - the educator will need to overtly connect the lesson to these ideas.

About the Science

  • Lecture video from Dr. Sally Benson, "Carbon Dioxide Capture and Sequestration: Hype or Hope", serves as additional background at a level that is most appropriate for educators or undergraduate students only.
  • Comments from expert scientist: Clear material, good descriptions of the activity, varying material to keep students interested. Real world relevancy (carbon capture) and a good mix of hands on and internet research.

About the Pedagogy

  • Lesson is linked to Illinois State Standards.
  • Students need to have prior experience with stoichiometry, limiting reactants, and should be able to write and balance chemical equations.
  • A complete set of instructions in this guided inquiry lesson provides students with illustrations to complete the experiments.

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