Paul Butler, The Evergreen State College, SERC Pedagogic Service Project
Activity will take about two to three hours.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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- Activity does not really point to original data source. Educator could email author for more info or find out current numbers by doing online research.
- Educator would ideally use a group approach,in which students with solid math and Excel skills partner with less-skilled students.
- Instructions in spreadsheet are not well laid out - rephrasing them on a worksheet might be more effective.
About the Content
- Although this activity was created in 2008, concepts and procedures are still relevant and applicable.
- Background reading material is not provided.
- Comments from expert scientist: The objectives of this activity are important. Students need lots of practice making reasonable estimates and doing quantitative work, and I feel that this activity is a nice contribution towards those objectives. This is also a nice example of a global-scale issue, and I think students benefit from seeing that they can examine the very largest systems.
About the Pedagogy
- Instructor version with answer key of the module is available by request.
- Students work with quantitative data in Excel to problem-solve an engaging topic.
- No concluding or thought-provoking questions are provided, but educator could easily come up with relevant questions. Assignment is simply based on the calculations.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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