“It’s Your Experiment!” High School Science Teacher Conference 2008 (Oct 24th & 25th)

From the Michael Smith Laboratories

Final state of activity

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Sustainability resource
“We the undersigned, senior members of the world’s scientific community, hereby warn all humanity… A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.”
(UCS, World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity 1992)

“At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning. Human activity is putting such a strain on the natural functions of the Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.”
(MEA, Living Beyond Our Means 2005)

Your Industry:

General Info about your industry/issue

Pro/Con of your industry (from an environmental perspective)

Proposal for Change (POSITION PAPER)
–    What is it? How would you implement? Who would be affected? How long would the changes take to make a difference?
–    Include how much changes would cost, both for implementation and effect on industry (approximate)
–    Optional:  How will you explain this proposal to your community?

How will you present it to the class?

Note: the proposal will be evaluated to the class and then you can use the feedback to reshape your proposal

Final Proposal for your industry
Note: activity could end here.  Students hand in their individual final proposal.

Priority of each project
As a class or individually, students figure out what projects to implement with the financial constraints (e.g. $1 million).
Students must explain why they made their choices.

Option 1 (proposal only) Marking:
Students show an understanding of the issue, showing more than one side. Can they see counterpoints?
Are the changes plausible?
Is the proposal well-written? (sentence, form, grammar, etc.)
Are the reasons based on researched science? Are the social and economic factors considered?

Option 2 with Marking
Present the proposal to fight for chunk of money – each group provides a written summary of their proposal.
Students individually act as a panel of judges for all industries and allocate funds to projects.
Students must explain their decisions and support their position with valid evidence.

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Written by teamredred

October 25, 2008 at 2:25 pm

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