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»
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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 Content
- 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.