Classroom activities on sustainability
Several T3 Europe instructors have developed ready to use classroom activities and content focused on STEM and sustainability. The activities cover a typical lesson of 1-2 hours that you can fit in your curriculum however you choose. New classroom resources will be added every month.
Creating a sustainable future through education
Sustainability is a hot topic. The UNESCO has started the program Education for Sustainable Development to empower learners. Also, many students seem concerned for the environment and other social and societal issues. STEM education can play an important role in creating a sustainable future. Understanding issues relevant to sustainable development requires mathematics, including statistics and programming.
A Healthy ClassroomClassrooms are mini ecosystems with their own climate. Learn to implement an automated environmental measurement system.
The Right Lighting is Important...Sufficient lighting of the workplace is important for fatigue-free work and maintaining the health of the eyes. Excessive lighting of the workplace not only strains the eyes, but also the environment in an unnecessary way.
Solar Tracker Panels
An activity on simulating a sun tracker to optimize the orientation of solar panels. Your students will work on finding a way to optimize the position of a rectangular solar panel to follow the sun’s path during the day, assuming the panel is supported on the ground.
Modelling Increase in Rainfall with TemperatureRise in global temperature will lead to increase in rainfall. Thermodynamics helps to predict the future.
Estimating the Earth’s AlbedoEarth’s albedo determines amount of solar radiation reflected by Earth’s surface. Carry out a lab exercise to measure Earth’s albedo using a light probe and coloured paper to resemble different surfaces.
Understanding climate change
Mankind has been upsetting the Carbon Dioxide balance for the last two hundred years. It is no surprise that this has an impact on many parts of the biosphere and plays a part in global warming. This work contains 5 complete student experiments involving the use of CO2.
Garbage in the classroomThe 'Garbage in the Classroom' project shows how students can engage with a real STEM activity in a structured way. Learning objectives include design, programming, presentation skills and group work. Technical automation involves applying scientific knowledge and using engineering principles to find solutions to the tasks.
Would you like to contribute yourself? Read our blog on the content project and contact the project coordinator Stephan Griebel.
Nice to read: T3 Europe blogs on sustainability topics
- Physics project: students sprint towards sustainable waste solutions
- Portuguese students win trip to NASA with wheelchair project
- Education is key for a sustainable future; join in developing content!
- Hope’s understanding of heat and hope for tackling climate change