Tackling Climate Change through Earth Physics(Earth Physics)

Provider: Earth Science Education Unit (ESEU)
Free Accreditation opportunities: No accreditation but a 'Certificate of Attendance' can be issued upon request

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Description How does climate change work and what can be done about it? Consider the physics behind how climate change could affect the Earth, before investigating different methods of generating power that have low greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, decide which power source would be most appropriate for your region. Please contact ESEU to arrange a convenient date and time for this NO FEE workshop; travel and sundry expenses are the only costs incurred.
Duration 90 minutes

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

All workshop material is generated in line with the National Curriculum and Science Specifications.

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • explain the mechanisms behind climate change, particularly the CO2 content of the atmosphere
  • use computer simulations to model climate change
  • explain and practically demonstrate how a ‘geothermal’ heat pump works
  • practically investigate a model wind turbine, wind generator and photovoltaic cell
  • understand how to use these approaches to enhance their A-level or GCSE physics teaching
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Tackling Climate Change through Earth Physics

This workshop lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes the following hands-on, practical activities:

  • Starter Activity: Conditions for a viable Earth
  • Circus Activity: Climate modelling – by computer simulations
  • Circus Activity: A vapour-compression heat pump
  • Circus Activity: Harvesting the wind – with an Ecostyle™ model wind turbine
  • Circus Activity: Make and test your own Savonius wind turbine
  • Circus Activity: Investigating a photovoltaic panel
  • Plenary Activity: Power through the window
  • Climate change real life applications

The general activity format for each of the above is as follows:

  • Topic addressed
  • Physics GCE AS and A Level specification references
  • Student practical or teacher demonstration identified
  • Time needed to complete the activity
  • Preparation and set-up time
  • Resource list
  • Description of activity in detail
  • Results expected
  • Student learning outcomes
  • Underlying principles
  • Ideas for following up the activity
  • Possible misconceptions

Workshop material also includes sections on:

  • Career opportunities for climate change
  • Career profiles
  • Resource list
  • Risk Assessment

Earth Science Education Unit workshops have been devised for teachers and trainee teachers. They are intended to provide participants with a range of activities that can be used in the classroom, whilst helping them to develop the skills for using the activities in an engaging and motivating way that will enthuse and educate their pupils, whilst developing their critical thinking skills. The workshops should also develop the background Earth science knowledge and understanding of the teachers involved.

The workshop format may be transposed directly into a classroom, but often this is not appropriate. Similarly, individual activities, and the worksheets on which these are based, may be transferable directly into a classroom situation, but will often require modification for the classes and situations in which they are used, during which suitable risk assessments are undertaken.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.