The single biggest challenge to face humanity climate change can be a daunting topic to teach. Students will analyze samples of various gases to determine carbon content and the likely source point of the carbon emitted. Students will also participate in an experiment, simulating the effects of greenhouse gas production. We’ll consider the effectiveness of the alternative energy sources and carbon neutral construction techniques used at Camp Kawartha. Students will play active outdoor games that demonstrate the carbon cycle. We’ll round out the program by discussing how students reduce their carbon footprint and we’ll examine the use of carbon offsets.
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Grade 10 Academic : Science Curriculum Links
Earth and Space Science: Climate Change
D1. analyse some of the effects of climate change around the world, and assess the effectiveness of initiatives that attempt to address the issue of climate change;
D2. investigate various natural and human factors that influence Earth’s climate and climate change;
D3. demonstrate an understanding of natural and human factors, including the greenhouse effect, that influence Earth’s climate and contribute to climate change.
Grade 10 Applied : Science Curriculum Links
Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Dynamic Climate
D1. analyse effects of human activity on climate change, and effects of climate change on living things and natural systems;
D2. investigate various natural and human factors that have an impact on climate change and global warming;
D3. demonstrate an understanding of various natural and human factors that contribute to climate change and global warming
Grade 11 : Environmental Science Curriculum Links
University/College Preparation: Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
B1. analyse social and economic issues related to an environmental challenge, and how societal needs influence scientific endeavours related to the environment;
B2. investigate a range of perspectives that have contributed to scientific knowledge about the environment, and how scientific knowledge and procedures are applied to address contemporary environmental problems;
B3. demonstrate an understanding of major contemporary environmental challenges and how we acquire knowledge about them.
University/College Preparation: Conservation of Energy
F1. assess the impact on society and the environment of the use of various renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and propose a plan to reduce energy consumption;
F2. investigate various methods of conserving energy and improving energy efficiency;
F3. demonstrate an understanding of energy production, consumption, and conservation with respect to a variety of renewable and non-renewable sources.
Workplace Preparation: Human Impact on the Environment
B1. analyse selected current environmental problems in terms of the role human activities have played in creating or perpetuating them, and propose possible solutions to one such problem;
B3. demonstrate an understanding of some of the ways in which human activities affect the environment and how the impact of those activities is measured and monitored.
Workplace Preparation: Energy Conservation
D1. evaluate initiatives and technological innovations related to energy consumption and conservation, and assess their impact on personal lifestyles, social attitudes, and the environment;
D2. investigate various methods of conserving energy and improving energy efficiency;
D3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of energy production, with reference to both renewable and non-renewable sources, and of various methods of energy conservation.