Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association
This activity takes one 90-minute period. May require additional materials.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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- It is suggested to have a climate scientist involved in the activity.
- Given the complexity of the concepts involved (eg. climate systems, energy balance), it would be important to attend to students' misunderstandings and misrepresentations throughout the design process.
- The resources linked at the beginning of the activity are helpful for providing foundational understandings.
- Time is needed before the activity to gather art supplies and other materials.
- Teachers might want to consider referencing the CLEAN elementary support guides.
About the Science
- Students create an artistic representation of how Earth's systems are balanced.
- This requires students to learn background information on the complex climate system before embarking on the artistic endeavor of creating a piece. For example, students learn about warming factors, such as darker surfaces that absorb light energy and power plants burning fossil fuels. They explore cooling factors, such as reflective clouds.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Engaging, hands-on, arts-integrated activity.
- This activity has students learn about the complex climate system of Earth through a series of discussion questions and a short activity.
- The students unite the science with art by making a balancing mobile using materials that represent the different factors contributing to the system.