Balancing the Carbon Cycle: Finding Solutions with Technology
- Can innovation in technology help to reduce atmospheric CO2 and thus re-balance the carbon cycle?
- Who is responsible for doing this important work - individuals, businesses, research institutions, governments, or........all of us?
Watch this PlanetNutshell animation How the World Can Tackle Climate Change for some ideas. In this final lab, you will examine ideas and technological designs to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
In Part A, you will begin to understand the design and technology process by examining a middle school student's science fair project designed to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and her father's efforts to scale up her idea to use in artificial trees. Next, you will use an interactive to learn about the pros and cons of carbon reduction technology.
In Part B, you will take on the role of a journalist, writing a blog on a promising carbon reduction technology for WIRED, a design and technology magazine. In your research, you will evaluate the pros and cons of the technology and present your findings to your class or others. By the end of this investigation, you should be able to:
- Evaluate the pros and cons of technologies designed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Keeping Track of What You LearnThroughout these labs, you will find two kinds of questions.
- Checking In questions are intended to keep you engaged and focused on key concepts and to allow you to periodically check if the material is making sense. These questions are often accompanied by hints or answers to let you know if you are on the right track.
- Stop and Think questions are intended to help your teacher assess your understanding of the key concepts and skills you should be learning from the lab activities and readings.