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360Science™: Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle
Concepts: Greenhouse gases, climate change, carbon dioxide capture
Outcomes: Students prepare at least four test tubes with equal amounts of water, and a few drops of BTB indicator solution. Then they exhale into the test tubes using a straw to add carbon dioxide. To two of these test tubes they add a single Elodea* sprig. They expose one of these test tubes to light and keep one in darkness. They observe that the mixture exposed to light turns blue over time, and the mixture kept in darkness remains green. They attribute these color changes to a net decrease in CO2 concentration, attributable to plant photosynthesis removing CO2 from the water when the mixture is exposed to light. In the guided, open, and advanced versions, students will observe that the mixture exposed to light experiences a pH increase.
Associated Phenomena: What causes droughts? How are they impacted by climate change?
Our 1-year option provides access to all digital content for one year plus lab supplies for a single class of 30 students. Our 3-year option extends access to digital content to three years, with a 30% discount on refill supply kits years 2 and 3.
What is Flinn 360Science™?
We’re introducing a whole new way to teach experiential science! We’ve taken a hard look at science study from all perspectives and, thanks to the feedback of thousands of teachers nationwide, we’ve created a way to make it easier to provide personalized instruction while delivering the kind of lab experiences your students truly need.
Our new and comprehensive learning solutions are designed to bring science to life by giving you all the tools you need to incorporate more (and effective) hands-on learning in your classroom or lab. 360Science allows you to provide your students with the support they need to make real-world connections to key scientific principles and help make those abstract concepts concrete.
Every 360Science lab solves the most common challenges educators face in bringing more hands-on science to their students—from not having enough time to matching the right level of challenge for students’ abilities to providing appropriate background content, safety techniques, assessments and more.
Enable student-driven, blended learning through a unique combination of leveled lab instructions supporting prescriptive, guided- and open-inquiry lab exercises (see PDF resource for specific details) with robust digital content, such as videos and carefully curated Open Educational Resources (OER)—along with virtual reality and simulation exercises. From editable, digital instructions to assessments and alignment with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we have everything you need to improve mastery, remove the intimidation factor and foster your students’ natural curiosity.
*Please Note: Elodea is required and available separately for purchase (Catalog No. LM1132).
HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
HS-ESS2-6. Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.