Science Sampler: Global Warming Projectby: Christopher Blough

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To address the issue of global warming locally, the author developed an inquiry-based project to examine the impact of the school’s traffic situation on climate change. In this project, students collected data in the parking lot/driveway, researched greenhouse gas emissions of vehicles, and developed solutions to the traffic problem. Their solutions, if implemented, will reduce their school’s carbon footprint. Completing this project made other students in the school aware of the severity of the global climate change problem.

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  • on Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:55 PM

If one is looking for an authentic research project on an important environmental science topic -this article provides one. Global climate change continues to be a major topic of discussion. Are humans the cause or at the very least contributing to global warming? Let your students conduct an investigation to find out.This is a great "how-to" article that shows how to set up this group project.Students are allowed to present their findings and provide solutions to the problem.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

  • on Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:40 PM

This article provides directions for setting up a student research project on a real issue. The websites all work for the webquest that provides students with background information. The project is easily adaptable for any school environment.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:52 AM

This article describes how students researched how much fuel consumption was used by students’ parents in driving them to school. In the context of the subsequent traffic jam to off load the students, the cars were then researched to find out how much greenhouse gases each emitted as a result of congestion waiting to drop off each child. This problem-based learning experience was used to help study human effect on global warming. Student groups then reported their findings and suggestions were made on how to help overcome this overload to greenhouse gases. This is an excellent approach to understanding a bigger problem.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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