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Teaching Climate Change
Teach the causes of climate change, and how we can mitigate global warming
On this course, you’ll learn how to successfully teach climate change to secondary school students aged 11-14 years old.
You’ll learn about the key facts behind the climate crisis, before going on to develop practical learning activities for your pupils.
Discover how to teach climate change in schools with Climate Detectives
Using unique resources from the European Space Agency (ESA), you’ll work towards leading a team of students through the ESA’s Climate Detectives project.
Climate Detectives encourages students to research a local climate issue in their area, and use ESA resources and information on the ground to work towards a solution based on the analysis of secondary data.
Understand what climate change is and how we can mitigate it
To bolster your knowledge of the subject, you’ll learn the difference between weather and climate, and investigate the causes and effects of climate change, learning about how the climate is affected by both geological and human factors.
You’ll understand how to collect and interpret data from the Earth Observation satellite, using it to develop projects that engage and inspire your students to investigate and communicate local climate issues and solutions.
Work with other teachers to develop your practice
Alongside an international cohort of teachers, you’ll explore how the topic of change change is used in the taught curriculum, how to develop a research question using data, and how to organise your findings using the relevant scientific terminology.
You’ll finish the course confidently able to facilitate teaching and learning of climate change in your classroom, using cutting-edge resources and expertise from the ESA.
- What is climate change?
- Climate change in the taught curriculum.
- Climate science projects for students, such as ESA Climate Detectives.
- How climate change is measured using satellite data.
- Mitigating climate change.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe what climate change and what it is not and improve your subject knowledge of how space technology is used in climate science.
- Identify misconceptions within your class and approaches to teaching the science of climate change.
- Produce a plan to support students to undertake a climate change investigation.
- Apply the techniques used by scientists to collect and analyse data on climate change within the classroom.
- Evaluate the use of climate change and related careers as a context to teach science across the curriculum.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers of secondary school students aged 11-14 years old, including Key Stage 3, S1-S3, and Junior Cycle (Ireland).
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