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Climate Change in the Classroom

HOT: One World, One Climate Curriculum Units

The Simulation

We created the Hot simulation as a global situation to immerse students in learning about climate change, thinking about its implications and evaluating and designing possible solutions. In this alternate reality scenario, news is reported regularly about climate-related impacts happening and possible solutions to address the problem (not unlike today). Students are asked to imagine that a Climate Challenge is announced to give youth a vital voice and role in recommending energy solutions to mitigate climate change by lowering carbon emissions.

Climate Challenge Scenario

Aubrey Vale never thought of her suburban home in eastern Maryland as part of a tropical hurricane belt – until the day Hurricane Lucy came. Over several days in late September, Lucy crawled up the Atlantic coast, finally barreling toward Maryland's Chesepeake Bay and the Eastern Shore. The Vales evacuate with the rest of their town, heading north, to New York and the safety of Aubrey's grandfather's apartment. It's a good thing too: the full impact of Lucy smashes into the Bay area and Washington, D.C. Hurricanes, like Lucy, are expected every 100 years. Lucy is the second to hit the eastern U.S. in 5 years. Lucy left a path of destruction that destroyed homes, schools, businesses and communities. More than 30,000 people were forced to relocate while the area rebuilds. Among the “refugees” are Aubrey and her family now living in New York with Grandpa Jack. Jack is affectionately known in the press not as Aubrey's grandfather, but the “grandfather of global warming,” a scientist who has spent his career discovering, documenting, and educating the public about climate change. Read the full Scenario

Student Roles

Students can play one six roles of global youth, each with a personal narrative that draws on real life climate-related stories. A role has the following three lenses that influence students' participation in the Hot simulation: a regional perspective, a unique skill set, and awareness about an alternative energy solution. Download the six Hot roles.

Albert from Kenya
Aubrey from USA
Jia from China
Luiz from Brazil
Natasha from Russia
Will from Bangladesh

The Quests

The Challenge is organized around the following 5 student Quests and a final presentation. Read and Download the simulation

  • Quest One Developing Climate Crisis: join the challenge
  • Quest Two Push and Pull of Energy and Carbon in Our Lives: learn about your role
  • Quest Three CO2 Balancing Act: reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Quest Four Say Goodbye to Business as Usual: cut fossil fuel use
  • Quest Five Powering the World: find energy solutions to mitigate climate change

Data and Tools

Hanover's Climate Portal This is a searchable Excel spreadsheet with diverse media resources from the Internet on climate change topics and background on each role (climate, impacts, region). Students can use this resource, as well as resources listed in each Quest under “Additional Resources,” to gain background. Download Hanover's Climate Portal

Climate Change Challenge Data Analysis and Modeling Tool This is an Excel Workbook with the four spreadsheets students will use to make calculations, model climate and energy scenarios and conduct data analysis to complete the Climate Change Challenge Quests. Pushker Kharecha, a Columbia University scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies develop this tool for students and teachers. Download the Workbook “Hot_CO2.Emissions .and.Mitigation.Scenario_2000.2050”

Downloadable Documents:

PDF file iconHOT Scenario
PDF file iconHOT Roles
PDF file iconHOT Simulation
Excel file iconHanover's Climate Portal Excel Spreadsheet
Excel file iconHot CO2 Emissions and Mitigation Scenario 2000. 2050

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