White Plains High School, Westchester County
Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
Target Audience: AP Environmental Science
Students will evaluate and synthesize information concerning all aspects of global warming and craft their responses using detailed scientific writing.
Day 1-Instructor should review mini-learning-station protocol.
Station 1: Multiple texts, diagrams, and sources. Questions include names of greenhouse gases, evidence, ppm, history, % warming.
Station 2: Chemical and structural formulas, molecular models, pencils and crayons with glue sticks/tape.
Station 3: Effects of global warming with specific examples within articles and pictures.
Station 4: Design an experiment that tests the validity of anthropogenic global warming.
Station 5: + and – feedback. Connect to biological feedback (H2CO3, hormones,) ice albedo, deforestation, and arctic exploration.
Station 6: Laws & Treaties, Supreme Court decisions, Clean Air Act, mitigation, ICCC.
Day 2-Students should make common lab protocol and hypothesis for Day3.
Day 3-Lab experiment
Use large plastic containers with affixed thermometer. Students will construct greenhouses and fill them with air/nothing via vacuum pump/ air + CO2/ air + CH4. Students place the greenhouses in window, outside, and under IR light.
Global Warming Questions (PDF File)
Day 1 Each student group’s oral reporter to shares answers with class. Each student should correct his/her paper. Teacher may use overhead to present answers.
Day 2 The class will agree and devise an experimental design with hypothesis.
Day 3 Each student group performs lab and presents the results of their experiment.
National Science Standards: