Information for educators

This section is for educators looking to introduce energy, climate change and carbon capture and storage into lessons/curriculum, or interested in hosting a CO2degrees Education Workshop at your school or community group.

Please download and use the resources below, but also let us know if you are starting to use this material – we can offer advice, or showcase your students learning online. We can also connect you with other science, climate and energy educators from around the world.

Also access our NEW resources from the GeoBus Education Resources home page or download the complete PDF below.

Downloads

Hands-on experiments

This experiment uses balls and toothpicks to represent atoms and bonds.
Watch a video of this experiment here: http://youtu.be/HfTZ6KossZ0

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Mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to see what happens. Note: safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/3l7NFSPL0pM

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This experiment uses peas to visualise 'parts per million'.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/Eg4_CVaVHE8

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Developed with the support of Richland Community College, this experiment shows density of liquid and how CO2 acts within those layers. Note: safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/QIW_BM069E8

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Developed with the support of Richland Community College, this experiment uses jars and lamps to show the effect of heat from the sun. Note: safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/joQoshnRa20

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This experiment shows how dissolving CO2 gas in water can make a weak acid.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/dZwZL_H7tCs

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This experiment shows how CO2 is created and captured when vinegar and bicarbonate soda are mixed. Note: Safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/0SwPJUB3sdc

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The experiment uses a balloon to capture CO2 from a soda bottle.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/RgmhwdUbABg

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Developed with the support of Richland Community College, this experiment shows how to make ethanol - a replacement for gasoline - from yeast and corn syrup. CO2 is also created during this process. Note: safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/9oDmXQiY7e8

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This experiment uses air pressure to move CO2 along a hose or pipe.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/xfeU3E3DWgQ

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This experiment uses water and small pebbles to show how CO2 can be safely stored underground.

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This experiment explores porosity and permeability of different types of chocolate bars.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/gdusKRebnxA

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Developed with the support of Richland Community College, this experiment illustrates how CO2 can be used to push more oil and gas out of reservoirs.
Watch a video of this experiment: http://youtu.be/_84o41-AEo4

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This experiment shows how CO2 can displace fluids. Note: safety warning.
Watch a video of this experiment:http://youtu.be/sl1_pibBM5Q

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Games

Australia's CSIRO CarbonKids program and the Global CCS Institute have put a climate change twist on the classic 'Snakes and Ladders' – a fun and simple game to help recap student learning.

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Australia's CSIRO CarbonKids program and the Global CCS Institute have put a climate change twist on the classic 'Snakes and Ladders' – for an extra challenge, download this ‘Do It Yourself’ versions to allow students to customise their own games!

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Australia's CSIRO CarbonKids program and the Global CCS Institute have put a climate change twist on this classic card game (played to the rules of 'Happy Families' or 'Quartet'). This is a fun and simple game to help recap student learning. For an extra challenge, download this ‘Do It Yourself’ version to allow students to customise their own games!

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Australia's CSIRO CarbonKids program and the Global CCS Institute have put a climate change twist on the classic 'Snakes and Ladders' – for an extra challenge, download this ‘Do It Yourself’ versions to allow students to customise their own games!

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As part of their teaching resource, the UK’s Crown Estate and GeoBus have added to our Carbon Cards Challenge game with fresh, printable vocabulary cards, including blanks for student-led ideas. These cards can be used as extension tasks for faster students and fun fillers during lessons.

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As part of their teaching resource, the UK’s Crown Estate and GeoBus have created these fantastic themed trump cards to introduce students to the many types of careers in geology and low-carbon energy. The game is played to the rules of ‘Top Trumps’. They can be used as extension tasks for faster students and fun fillers during lessons.

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Host your own CO2degrees education workshop

Present students with their very own CO2degree.

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Print and hang these posters featuring symbols for all the key energy sources.

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Every slide you could need when hosting your workshop. File coming soon.

CO2degrees: 'Energy in a Low-Carbon Future' Teaching Resources

  • Primary and secondary level resources with teacher support notes and a support resources kit
  • Peer reviewed by scientists and educators
  • Inquiry based learning methodology, not mapped to a specific curricula, but created in accordance with UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development Framework
  • Modular resource, designed to be adapted by teachers to integrate with local curriculum or used as stand-alone units for workshops/ science clubs.
  • Provides cross curricula activities across the following topics: 1.What is Energy? 2.The Evolution of Energy 3.Energy Systems 4.Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases 5. Energy in a Low-Carbon Future
  • In final design process – will be available to download from here shortly
  • CO2degrees: 'Introduction to CCS' Teaching Resources

  • Inquiry based learning methodology, mapped to Australian Curriculum but successfully adapted internationally
  • Delivered to schools across Australia (with teacher PD) as part of CSIRO’s Sustainable Future’s program.
  • Download for free
  • UK Curriculum Resources: 'What to do with CO2?' from The Crown Estate

    UK curriculum mapped education resource from The Crown Estate and GeoBus.

    The Crown Estate and GeoBus have designed this resource to provide teachers with an introduction to carbon capture and storage (CCS), a carbon emissions reduction technology. It provides experiments, activities, lessons and homework ideas as well as links to a number of other useful CCS education resources. All the lessons have been linked to the UK curriculum codes (current at time of writing) this includes the Scottish Curriculum for excellence and the English Key Stage 3.

    Access the resources from the GeoBus Education Resources home page or download the complete PDF below

    8.49 MB PDF