the society to look to global control of sustainability issues.
ISSUE: Where would the funding come from to reach this goal?
ISSUE: Not all cities are created equal.
Example: low economic vs. high economic levels
CHANGE: The rate of technology advancements would need to slow down
ISSUE: Currently, constant new advances in all areas of technology make it difficult to keep with in most parts of our country
ISSUE: Flipside to this coin, some cities have yet to catch up to the current technology level.
Thought to ponder: When is the goal considered to be reached if different parts of the world may be reaching their “goals” at different times?
The Engineering Design Process may be utilized in the teaching experience. Students can design a model to test the effects of population growth on temperature or animal behavior
Having students work in teams and analyzing different aspects of the scenario will foster critical thinking and integrate:
science (the problem)
math (the rise in temperature caused by population
technology (blog or collaborate online to communicate results)
engineering (model design for population growth effect)
We can take the idea of human population growth and give students the cause
They would be responsible for brainstorming, researching and designing a test to determine the possible effects for overpopulation
Collaboration and communication would be essential
Students would be a committee panel that would determine effects and solutions
If students came to some of the same solutions (local and regional control, sustainability, and decrease in technological advances...) then they would be able to understand the scenario a little better.
Students would also be responsible for communicating their results to the public
STEM methodology can also be incorporated by the many resources that we will include
NASA’s Earth observatory websites offer an array of sites such as "Climate Change Uncertainties" and interactive modules like "Earth's Albedo and Global Warming" and the "Climate Time Machine"