CHANGE: A Place-Based Curriculum for Understanding Climate Change at Storm Peak Laboratory, Colorado

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TitleCHANGE: A Place-Based Curriculum for Understanding Climate Change at Storm Peak Laboratory, Colorado
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsA. Hallar, G, McCubbin, IB, Wright, JM
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume92
Issue7
Pagination909 - 918
Date Published2011/07//
ISBN Number00030007
Keywords*Original 959, 1AWB, 2RRP, 3WAC, 4AWB, CLIMATIC changes -- Study & teaching, COLORADO, CURRICULUM planning, Discuss, Discuss AWB, ENVIRONMENTAL literacy, INclude AWB2, Include RRP, Include WAC, Middle School Students, place-based education, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round 2 Include RRP, Round 2 Review 2 RRP, Round1 Include, Round2 Include WAC, STEAMBOAT Springs (Colo.)
AbstractCurriculum in High Altitude Environments for Teaching Global Climate Change Education (CHANGE) uses place-based education to teach middle school students about meteorology and climate as a basis to improve climate science literacy. The curriculum provides in-school and out-of-school instruction and connects students with scientists at Storm Peak Laboratory, a high-elevation atmospheric research facility above Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Following an initial 2-h classroom lesson, students record their own measurements of temperature, pressure, wind speed, and particle concentrations while traveling up the mountain to Storm Peak Laboratory. After returning to the classroom, students graph these data and analyze their results. Evaluation of this program showed that students improved their knowledge of key concepts pertaining to climate literacy. The hands-on, place-based format of CHANGE can be used as a model for middle school students in alpine communities to teach lessons in weather and climate and can be further refined by improved lesson plans, increased feedback to students, and an independent evaluation.
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Short TitleBulletin of the American Meteorological Society