CSI: Climate Status InvestigationsFulton, AR: 10/1-10/2
Key Issues: Bringing Environmental Issues to the ClassroomSilverthorne, CO: 6/25-6/30Silverthorne, CO: 7/9-7/14Silverthorne, CO: 7/23-7/28
In 2004, The Keystone Center and Keystone Science School began a partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop an interdisciplinary middle and high school curriculum (grades 5-12) designed to explore the issue of global climate change.
As future decision-makers, students need to acquire the skills to sort through the varying information currently circulating about global climate change and make sound political, social, economic and environmental decisions about mediation options as well as understand their implications and impacts.
CSI: Climate Status Investigations aims to broaden the scope and quality of national education by presenting a balanced, non-biased, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the study of global climate change. By teaching educators strategies to identify and remove their own bias in order to facilitate student inquiry, teachers are introduced to a new way of thinking about their approach to these issues.
The curriculum is aligned to national education standards in a variety of disciplines, including language arts, math, science and social studies and incorporates effective and innovative ideas, activities and methods, including conflict resolution, mediation, role playing, small group work and lab activities. Through stakeholder analysis, the curriculum guides students to appreciate a variety of viewpoints and, ultimately, through an evaluation of possible options for addressing climate change mitigation, prevention and the role of technology.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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The Delaware Watershed Mystery curriculum brings the process of inquiry to the study of environmental issues.
The interdiciplinary curriculum provides middle-level educators with step-by-step instructions to guide students through the process of investigating current and local environmental issues in a non-biased manner. Effective and innovative ideas with hands-on activities, including SEPUP labs, conflict resolution, mediation, role playing and technology applications are incorporated into the lessons. The curriculum combines classroom time with outdoor exploration of the natural and built environments. Using local ecosystems, field experiences are tangible and provide a scientific back-drop to the simulation.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
The middle- and high-school curricula introduce teachers and students to the topic of Green Chemistry and provide hands-on, inquiry-based units in which students can explore this approach to chemical manufacturing.
MS: Recipe for Sustainable Science, based on the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, addresses our objectives of introducing the concepts of green science at an early age so that students will be able to make informed decisions, now and as they mature, about balancing the need to discover and manufacture products while conserving and sustaining our resources. The curriculum unit is a simulation of business methodology in which students will be challenged to manufacture a product. The students are further challenged to work both independently and in their company groups to develop both design, marketing and manufacturing plans of action and learn about the principles of Green Chemistry in every step of the process. This is an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes social studies, science, math and language arts.
HS: Solutions in Green Chemistry, is a unit designed to be a simulation of business methodology in which students will be challenged to create a product that adheres to the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Students will come to a high-school level understanding of the concepts of green chemistry, and be immersed in a curriculum specially designed for inquiry. The curriculum goal is to spark students’ interest in chemistry in general and to introduce students to the newest way of approaching chemical processes. The unit will also give students the critical-thinking skills and tools to evaluate possible actions and multiple points of view as they grow into adults. This is also an interdiciplinary unit.
For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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Key Issues provides middle-level educators with the process, skills and confidence to investigate current environmental issues with their students using our non-biased framework. This interdiciplinary curriculum brings the process of inquiry to the study of environmental issues.
The framework provides educators with step-by-step instructions to guide students through an investigation of all sides of an issue. It incorporates effective and innovative ideas, activities and methods, including conflict resolution and mediation, role playing and simulations, small group work, lab activities, as well as both classroom time and outdoor exploration of the natural environment. Our curriculum encourages teachers and students to use their knowledge to become active community members, both locally and globally. Key Issues is aligned to National Education Standards.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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Students for Sustainable Cities encourages teachers and students to connect with community leaders to initiate societal growth and work toward community sustainability goals.
Grounded in scientific investigations and aligned with National Education Standards, teachers are able to explore with their students the ways environmental health, social well-being and economic vitality are interconnected. By applying inquiry-based learning practices, critical-thinking skills, democratic processes and action-taking strategies, Students for Sustainable Cities provides teachers and their students with strategies to analyze and address sustainability needs in their own communities.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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The Balanced Equation is a science-based curriculum that embraces discussion, inquiry and innovative thinking through a topic of fresh water sustainability.
Through the topic, the educational unit’s goal is to spark students’ interest in STEM initiatives, specifically chemistry, and in doing so, introduce them to a new way of approaching chemical processes, emphasizing the Human factors of ingenuity, discovery and knowledge. The unit also encourages students’ critical-thinking skills and provides them with tools to evaluate possible actions and multiple points of view.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), in partnership with the Aluminum Association, this curriculum is designed for elementary- and middle-level students. This resource embeds the concepts of environmental education in the investigation of aluminum beverage can recycling. The main goal of the curriculum is to help present and future generations approach environmental and scientific dilemmas and social concerns creatively and proactively. The curriculum provides a snapshot of the role scientific and environmental concerns play in the development and use of packaging.
Through these interdiciplinary lessons, students will be equipped with deliberative frameworks, decision-making processes, analytical information and critical-thinking skills to navigate tough problems and develop solutions.For more information, contact Emily Weber.
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