Teach Engineering, Teach Engineering
Activity takes about 2 hours with extra time for students to gather materials and develop design plans. Additional materials are necessary.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
See how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 4 Performance Expectations, 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 7 Cross Cutting Concepts, 11 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 2 Performance Expectations, 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 5 Cross Cutting Concepts, 12 Science and Engineering Practices
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- Educators will want to look at the Ecology at Work part of this activity https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_rooftop_lesson01 to get ideas of how to introduce the topic.
- A very helpful and applicable PowerPoint is linked in the "Ecology at Work" lesson. The PowerPoint may be useful to introduce this activity.
About the Science
- Introductory material of the resource at https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_rooftop_lesson01 provides a brief overview of heat transfer and the urban heat island effect, and why plants can reduce the urban heat island effect.
- Comments from expert scientist:
- collecting data
- analyzing data (max, mins, trends)
- plotting data on X-Y line graph
- testing the scientific method
- budgeting for the project
- I'd love to see the photosynthesis equation somewhere
About the Pedagogy
- Activity is very well organized and supported pedagogically; builds students' problem-solving skills through an inquiry-driven activity.
- Students work in groups to design and construct two buildings - one with a model rooftop garden and the other with a normal tar-paper roof. Students then compare the differences in ambient and inside-building temperatures between the two. As such, this activity will engage students and also help them better understand parts of the scientific process.
- Vocab/definitions very good; very good applicable PowerPoint presentation in linked "Ecology at Work" lesson.
- Combines engineering, energy, and climate.