POP: The Great Carbon Race!

March 29, 2011 at 4:44 PM 1 comment

Who can save the most carbon from entering the atmosphere? And give clear, credible evidence for the class court room? Because it’s at the center of ALL the problems with oil:

We’ll be crowning a Carbon King and Carbon Queen, with crowns that include briquettes, made of recycled materials of course!

Pre-taught carbon foot print and carbon calculators. Here’s the sheet.

12. Carbon Footprint local direct action ideas

Showed 300 years in 300 seconds: The Story of Fossil Fuels by postcarbon institute animation. Great review. Here’s the link.

Took it to an extreme with No Impact Man trailer (the full movie has lots of F-words so no go for school, mrgh.)

Followed by the Take Action Project multi media starring them, to inspire them with how much difference they made last year. They were so proud of themselves watching it, it was like giving them a little present each.

Then finally gave out the sheet describing the competition and requirements.

13. The Great Carbon Race

Note that grades are awarded for quality of evidence. The reward for saving lots of carbon and enrolling others is mostly glory at the coronation and at Open House. That takes pressure and annoyance off parents for feeling like teachers are telling them how to live their lives.

It’s MUCH less structured than TAP purposely. They have a repeat of the project management sheet from TAP but I won’t require it. They have those skills. They have both more freedom and more responsibility. We’ll see. I think it’s going to be successful even  in 4th quarter of 8th grade…. stay tuned.

Then they were dying to get to planning what they were going to do. Really, they were actually talking about science and saving the atmosphere.

Adding into zeitgeist is the upcoming onehour.org switching off the lights on Saturday 24th March from 8.30-9.30. Showed that the next day as an amazing way to kick off their projects with their family and friends. It’s such a great movie, filled with hope. Here it is. Even though it’s past, there is the great slide show from what people did around the world.

Sorry for the long gap – been sick but on the mend now, trying to take it a little easier!


Entry filed under: Creativity, Curiosity, Environmental Education, Project Based Learning, PROJECTS, The Problems with Oil Project, Uncategorized. Tags: , .

POP conneXions to science TAP: Keeping it simple to make it happen.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Stacey  |  March 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Sue, I am retraining to be a science teacher and am hooked on the idea of PBL. I’d like to better understand how it works in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. Your link to the sheet describing the competition seems to lead to a blank Word Document. Is it possible to re-post the word doc? I have been reading several books and blogs about PBL and would like to follow how a project is run from start to finish.



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