Climate Lesson Update: January 2013

bear0115 500px“Cold enough for ya?” Weather in 2012 was wild by any measure, giving Minnesotan’s plenty easy conversation starters in the break room at work. Though the Mississippi River did not shut down from the midwest drought as feared, it is confirmed: 2012 was the warmest year on record for the United States.

And weather and climate news begin to creep into 2013, which is off to a concerning start. The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is postponed from February until March due to “snow drought“. It has been cancelled only twice in it’s 32 year history: 2011 and 2007.

Now, before you share your thoughts on climate change, it may be worth it to watch this interview with Anthony Leiserowitz about “Making People Care About Climate Change“. Leiserowitz is the Director for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

A new tool for educators: The US Dept of Energy launched a new interactive webtool for educators and researchers to explore future energy scenarios. It’s called BITES (Buildings, Industry, Transportation and Electricity Scenarios). It is still in beta-testing, and seems more utilitarian and wordy rather than something Steve Jobs would have built. But, hey, we can’t all be Steve Jobs.

Will SI_2012Want to prepare your students for this world? Registration has now begun for the 2013 Summer Institutes, Energy Education and Minnesota’s Changing Climate. Each of these two professional educator-training opportunities aim to give you the confidence and content to teach about the realities of climate change in your classroom. Included in the deal: CEUs, options for grad credit, complete copies of the curriculum and much more. Check out past Summer Institutes in this video!

Many scholarships are available if cost is a barrier to you, so don’t hesitate to contact us about this.

Lastly, we look forward to seeing some of you at conferences in the next few months. WSF Education will be at the MN Science Teacher’s Association’s MN conference on Science Education (MNCOSE) in Duluth and the CERT’s conference in St. Cloud. Stop by the booth and say hello!

Warmly,

John Smith & Kristen Poppleton
Will Steger Foundation Education Programs
education@willstegerfoundation.org 612-278-7147

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