Climate Change and Oceans is a STEM education program that uses the context of sea level changes and ocean acidification to investigate the physical and chemical properties of ice and water and carbon dioxide chemistry, showing students that STEM is relevant to their lives. The inquiry-based and hands-on learning program engages and challenges both students and teachers, making STEM fun to learn and easier to teach.
The activities included in the STELR Climate Change and Oceans curriculum materials allow students to:
The STELR Climate Change and Oceans program is designed to be a 6-8 week course; however, it can be modified to suit the needs of your students.
The STELR Climate Change and Oceans Student Book and Fact file are available in soft copy and can be downloaded here:
The student work book is divided into five sections that examine students; attitudes to climate change, looks at case studies where people and nations are being affected by climate change; investigate the effects of global warming on ice and sea volume, investigate ocean acidification and look at the careers of people working in the area.
The Climate Change an Oceans Fact File contains two case studies and two career profiles. The first case study is about how tropical fish are now being found in temperate waters and the second looks at how global warming is affecting the livelihoods in island nations. The career profiles include tow researchers investigating molluscs for medicine and algae for food respectively.
This unit is not supported by hard copy books.
STELR has not developed a specific equipment kit for this module.
All classroom activities can be undertaken using everyday items and/or standard school laboratory equipment.