Learning resources: II. Tackling Climate Change
Climatescience.org courses https://climatescience.org/courses See also above (General resources)
A series of interactive quizzes aimed at improving undersanding of, and how to tackle climate issues, including: Clean Energy , Food & Farming, Industrial Innovation, Undoing Climate Change, Personal Action, Adaptation, plus Climate Economics & Politics. Many quizzes have short introductory videos.
Note: Linked Quiz sets are the 'simple' versions; more advanced quiz sets also available (menu bar).
In https://climatescience.org/schools are many lesson plans which can be filtered by Curriculum, Age group(s), Lesson type, and more. Examples include: Electric Vehicles & Hydro-power (more to come??)
Also on this site: https://climatescience.org/olympiad Annual global competition in which students propose solutions to real-world climate issues, with cash prizes and a chance to address a UN Climate Summit. Plus,
https://climatescience.org/explore - Climate Change Youth Learning Community covering 40+ countries.
Our Future Energy: https://ourfuture.energy/ Good website for up-to-date resources about energy use, with variouse sections on energy production, new innovations, plus quizzes/games and teacher resouces: Most items are short reading resources which can be followed up by using the interactive quizzes (below).
How it Works page has short stimulus articles on many aspects of energy pduction, including: Hydroelectricity, Pumped storage, Solar Power, Wind turbines, Tidal power, Wave energy, Geothermal energy, Nuclear power, Energy storage, Power transmission, CO2 sequestration and more!
Bright Idea page: new innovations including nuclear fusion, mini nuclear reactors, carbon capture + more.
In focus page: a variety of other articles about the transition to new sources of energy.
Quizzes & Games page includes Energy technology, Renewables, Nuclear fission, Cows vs Cars + more.
Day in the Life about careers in the Energy sector.
Sustainability Physics Resources: https://wp.lancs.ac.uk/sustainability-physics/ Interactive exercises which typically begin with a short video and some text, then explore each topic via "drag 'n drop" quiz questions.
Excellent for homework and as stimulus for follow-up discussions.
Renewables Includes exercises investigating Wind, Wave, Tidal (turbines & barrages) & Solar power
Transport for our Future Includes Fuel Cells, Electric vehicles and a look at the future of Shipping.
Batteries Excercises looking at developments in Battery technology & manufacture (RIP British Volt!)
Built Environment Exercises that introduce Improving building design.
Nanotechnology A variety of topics from LEDs to Solar Cells and "Net-zero" computing
Heat pumps Presentation/quiz about Domestic heat pumps
Recycling Household Waste Presentation/quiz about the physics in separating Household Waste
Action! A look at some ways in which some communities in Cumbria are tackling Climate Change
Also: Links & Websites for Teachers, Students & Enthusiasts includes many links to websites and online articles about new innovations in tackling climate change, including Renewables, Transport, Buildings & Urban Spaces, Recycling, Carbon Sequestration, Elements under Threat, and much more. A real goldmine!
Royal Meteorological Society (Metlink) - main link in previous section
Blog: Climate Change in Physics Short videos about aspects of physicists' work in tackling climate change
Careers in Climate Change Short videos from R. Met. Soc. about careers studing or tackling climate change.
Egypt's Benban Solar Farm Video, calculation and discussion stimilus based around N. African solar farm.
Royal Society of Chemistry: https://edu.rsc.org/resources/collections/climate-change-and-sustainability?
Several teaching resources relating to ways that we can tackle Climate Change, such as:
What is the best way to reduce CO2 levels in the Atmosphere? Series of reading-based activities looking at removing CO2 by soil management, artificial photosynthesis, reactions with volcanic rocks, and more.
Also from this website: A number of chemistry-based resources about Batteries, including lithium mining & recycling, about Plastics, including recycling & biodegradeable plastic, about Fertilisers & sustainability, etc.
An independently-maintained bank of (mainly Earth-Science based) learning resources including some excellent ideas for teaching about Climate Change and how it can be tackled.
Climate Change: 'net zero' emissions: a set of useful resources providing stimulus for discussion or written work about topics associated with Net Zero goals, including: solar, wind, wave, tidal, and nuclear power, biofuels, hydrogen, batteries, heat pumps, building design, carbon sequestration, changing agriculture...
Power Sources: also includes some interesting resources on geothermal power, including use of old mines.
Institute of Physics Resources https://spark.iop.org A lot of physics resources; a few relevant to climate.
Paying for getting things done: Teacher resource about energy use, including much useful info and links to some class activities about energy use, including wind & solar.
Seasons and Solar Panels: Paper-based activity about orientation of Solar Panels that could be used in conjunction with practical work using solar cells, such as IoP Spark Output of a Solar Panel
Seimens' Energy Farm Game A fairly light-hearted online game where students can compete to find the best solution to powering a farm using sustainable energy sources.
Clear Teacher Guidance & Student sheets.
TES Educational Resources: "Times Ed" resources have become a go-to for many teachers.
Written by teachers for teachers. Many resources require a small charge to access, but some are free.
Climate change resources can be found in sections on Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Cross-Curricular etc.
Ministry of Eco-Education (MoEE): https://www.ministryofeco.org/ Has some useful resources on a variety of themes (Renewable Energy, Transport, Food etc.) for which you need to sign up (free). i
Eden Project Educational resources: https://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/teaching-resources There are many resources on this site for a range of ages, relating to ecology, conservation and more.
The cross-curricular resource: "Climate Response: Doers, Shoppers, Learners, Shouters" can be used with a wide variety of pupil groups and is well worth exploring.
iLEAPS CREST Awards Climate Resource Pack. Aimed at students doing Crest Projects, but also provides interesting project ideas for research & discussion: e.g. water waste, palm oil, green spaces, air pollution... https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/elibrary/resource/498464/ileaps-climate-science-resource-pack
Financial Times / InfoSys: Climate Game https://ig.ft.com/climate-game/ Can you get to Net Zero by 2050?
MORE TO COME: Suggestions welcome!