Climate Change Resources

How bad is climate change? How’s it caused? and What to do about it? Here are the key, scientifically reliable resources to complement the talk at Orinda Community Church “On Care for Our Common Home” series in February, 2016. Includes ppt and many resources for a lay audience.

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The Re-Wilding Project Begins!

Re-wilding… a more inspiring challenge that ‘conservation’ or ‘restoration’. This is the lead in to this exciting project we are developing at Orinda Intermediate School

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Plant 2 Trees Project Overview and Resources NSTA Oct.2015

The down and dirty, step-by-step guide for teachers who want to do this project with their students. Goes with the workshop given at National Science Teachers’ Association conference in Reno, October 2015.

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The nuts and bolts of connecting the science to solar oven design

How to help students understand how to construct and use cross sectional diagrams and ray diagrams to understand the science of solar ovens. Then apply it to their own.

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PBL: From Tinkering to Thinking

How we are trying to ensure the solar oven challenge results in students learning some science along with how to fool around with foil and duct tape.

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The scariest part of PBL: Build Days (with the Solar Oven example)

28 middle kids with box cutters and cans of spray paint… The scariest part of PBL was not as bad as I feared. Actually, it was really fun, friendly and even educational. Here’s how…

Continue Reading September 16, 2015 at 1:45 PM Leave a comment

Build a Better Solar Oven: Investigate Optics!

Teaching optics on a need-to-know basis for the “Build a Better Solar Oven” project.

Continue Reading September 15, 2015 at 1:36 PM Leave a comment

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