CPES Focus Area: Climate
Focus on ClimateSince 2007, the Center for Public Engagement with Science has been working to promote climate literacy among todays’ K-12 students and teachers. Increasingly, we are using the lens of climate resilience to promote climate literacy in an effort to position youth to develop solutions and advocate for actions that prepare communities to adapt to climate change, mitigate emissions and ultimately protect human health and well-being.
A one-week geoscience-focused summer institute during which middle and high school youth explore the hydrology of Eastern North Carolina from local river basins to the ocean, learning about climate impacts and solutions in their local community and investigating geoscience careers along the way.
Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC is designed to engage middle and high school STEM teachers and their students in hands-on, inquiry-based activities to support student learning about earth and environmental science.
A multi-site project to support informal educators and diverse youth in developing locally relevant solutions to climate impacts in their communities, fostering youth environmental health literacy for climate resilience.
- Black Ice-A Slippery Arctic Road (PDF)
- Calculating Your Carbon Footprint (PDF)
- Connecting Electrical Consumption to Coal & Carbon Dioxide (PDF)
- Evaluating Woody Biomass Options for North Carolina’s Electricity Future (PDF)
- Examining Sea Level Rise & Differential Shoreline Response (PDF)
- Fueling the Future: Evaluating the Sustainability of Biofuels (PDF)
- Generating Electricity: Evaluating the Sustainability of Today’s & Tomorrow’s Energy Sources (PDF)
- Hidden Energy: Secondary Carbon Footprints (PDF)
- Place-based explorations for examining the science of and solutions to extreme heat: A lesson series for environmental science teachers (External Link)
- What is Sustainability (PDF)