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Interactive Simulation for Design Thinking, SS, & Science
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Interactive Simulation for Design Thinking, SS, & Science


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment

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In this lesson, students explore the effectiveness, co-benefits, and equity of climate solutions and create a climate action scenario to limit global warming to 1.5°C using Climate Interactive’s En-ROADS simulator.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students wonder about the composition of the atmosphere, and analyze the relationship between global temperature and atmospheric CO2.

Step 2 - Investigate:  Students become familiar with the En-ROADS simulator and explore the real-world impact of different climate actions, including the co-benefits, equity considerations, and effect on global temperature.

Step 3 - Inspire:  Students create an En-ROADS scenario of effective and equitable climate actions that limits the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C by the year 2100.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between atmospheric CO2 and trends in global temperature.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness, feasibility, and equity considerations of different climate solutions.
  • Use the Climate Interactive En-ROADS simulator to analyze the impact of climate actions and proposed solutions.
  • Recognize equity concerns that result from global warming and climate change.
  • Create a plan of action using the En-ROADS simulator that limits the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C by the year 2100.

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Climate Solutions Scenarios with En-ROADS.pdf

Lesson Plan
October 25, 2023
940.36 KB


Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Use a computer simulation to model the impact of proposed solutions to a complex real-world problem with numerous criteria and constraints on interactions within and between systems relevant to the problem.
Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.


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