Initial Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Lab 8: Slowing Down an Amplifying Greenhouse Effect

The lab activity described here was developed by Candace Dunlap of TERC for the EarthLabs project.

Summary and Learning Objectives

In Part A, students learn about the role that technology can play in reducing the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. In Part B, students take on the role of a science journalist writing a blog on a promising carbon reduction technology for WIRED, a design and technology magazine. In their research, students will research, evaluate, and explain the pros and cons of the technology and present their findings to their class and/or others.

After completing this investigation, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the pros and cons of potential technologies designed to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Lab 8 supports following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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