The climate is changing:
Investigating the effects on ponds, lakes, and oceans

A workshop at the Wisconsin Society for Science Teachers Conference

Friday, March 8, 2019
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Monona Terrace Convention Center
Madison, WI

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison
Jerry A. Bell
Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison

Engage in hands-on activities and discussion you can use to introduce climate science concepts into the topics you already teach.

Climate science is complicated, but it is based on fundamental concepts from our more familiar sciences. So the complexity offers opportunities to integrate climate science into teaching the concepts already included in your courses. This workshop is designed to help you see how to fit climate science into what you are already doing. The hands-on activities focus on the properties of water (including phase change, heat capacity, solubility, and acid/base chemistry) and how these properties of Earth’s bodies of water are affected by human-caused increases in atmospheric greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, and the resultant global warming. Many of the activities will be directly usable or easily adaptable for use in your classroom. All the written and projected materials will be available to you electronically for use in your classrooms.

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Full List of Workshops

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~ UW News, 12/10/2018

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~ Science News, 8/16/2018

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Climate change threatens this tradition.
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~, 10/8/2018
Read the IPCC Report

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~ The Scientist, 8/10/2018

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~ Chemical & Engineering News, 7/31/2018

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~ UW News, 7/18/2018

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~ Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/15/2018

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~ Science Magazine, 6/25/2018

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of State, National Naysayers

~, 6/21/2018

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~ Chronicle of Higher Education, 6/8/2018

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~, 6/4/2018

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~ NPR, 11/2/2017
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ACS Climate Science Toolkit

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