Eyewitness to Climate Change, January 15, 6:30PM CDT

Speaker: Will Steger, Polar explorer, educator, founder Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Featured Resources: Parks Climate Challenge and Minnesota’s Changing Climate

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Polar explorer Will Steger has been exploring the polar-regions for over 45 years and has been an eyewitness to the impacts of climate change. This webinar will include Will’s eyewitness account via stories, photos and video clips. Attendees will also be introduced to resources to help students develop their own eyewitness accounts via journaling, citizen science and media projects.

Engaging High School Students in Climate Policy, February 12, 6:30 PM CDT

Speakers: Craig Johnson, Science Teacher and High School Students from the School of Environmental Studies
Featured Resources: Citizen Climate Curriculum

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Understanding climate policy is important to develop climate literacy, but engaging students in policy issues can be difficult.  In an effort to make climate policy more relevant to students, the School of Environmental Studies has been taking a delegation of high school students to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Conference of Parties (COP) meetings for the last 4 years. This webinar will include a presentation from students that attended COP 19 in Warsaw this past November. In addition, their teacher will talk about the value of these experiences from an educational perspective. We will conclude by highlighting curriculum resources to help you integrate climate change policy into your educational setting.

Hands on Energy Literacy, March 12, 6:30 PM CDT

Speakers: Josh Sniedeman, Department of Energy’s Einstein Science Educator and Michael Arquin, Founder and Director of Kidwind
Featured Resources:  Experience Energy and Kidwind

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Josh Sniedeman is this year’s Department of Energy’s Einstein Science Educator Fellow.  He will introduce the Energy Literacy Essential Principles developed with the goal of building an energy literate public. In addition, we will introduce the Will Steger Foundation’s Experience Energy Curriculum and Mike Arquin, founder of Kidwind will demonstrate one of Kidwind’s many great activities.

Global Changes, Local Impacts: The National Climate Assessment, April 16, 6:30 PM CDT

Speaker: Minda Berbeco, PhD, Programs and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
Resources: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN), PINEMAP, WSF Curriculum

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How can educators teach children about local impacts of climate change? Where can they find good resources for activities and up-to-date scientific information from reputable sources? Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education. She will be talking about the newly released National Climate Assessment, a scientific and governmental resource that demonstrates the local impacts on climate change and projections for the future. She will present on how to bring the NCA into the classroom and what vetted resources are available. We will focus on resources to make climate change local and relevant.