Arctic Feedbacks: Not all warming is equal

Arctic Feedbacks: Not all warming is equal

Bring the unprecedented science and adventure of the 2019-2020 MOSAiC expedition into your classroom with new curriculum developed by the CIRES education and outreach team!

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world and due to a lack of observations, there is considerable uncertainty in climate models projecting the Arctic climate of the future. The MOSAiC expedition aims to better understand the changing Arctic climate system by freezing a ship in sea ice and drifting with the ice across the Arctic -- studying ocean, atmosphere, and sea ice processes -- for an entire year!

In this teacher workshop (August 4-5, 10 am - 2 pm MT), you’ll hear from MOSAiC scientists and the curriculum developers as they lead you through “Arctic Feedbacks: Not all warming is equal”, a middle/high school curriculum tied to NGSS Earth’s Systems standards in which students explore parts of the Arctic climate system to determine why the Arctic might be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.

Engage with immersive virtual reality Google Expeditions, authentic real-time Arctic datasets, and App-based labs in this 2-day online teacher workshop. Upon completion, participants will receive 10 continuing education hours with the option to also receive graduate credit from CU Boulder. 

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The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world.












Temperature anomalies calculated with respect to 1951-1980 based period. Data source: NOAA

About This Event

WHO: Middle and High School Science Teachers

WHAT: Virtual Teacher Professional Development Course for content and curriculum connected to NGSS standards:

  • MS-ESS3-5. Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. 
  • 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-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of the Earth's systems result in changes in climate.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 4th from 10 am - 2 pm MT and Wednesday, August 5th from 10 am - 2 pm MT

WHY: The goal of this course is to introduce educators to NGSS Earth’s Systems standards in the context of the MOSAiC-related curriculum, “Arctic Feedbacks: Not all warming is equal”. At the end of the course, participants will be able to effectively facilitate each lesson, connecting concepts and standards back to the anchoring phenomenon, “Why might the Arctic be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world?”

HOW: This interactive workshop will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Facilitators will lead participants through each lesson of the curriculum following the approach below: 

  1. Utilize the main Zoom meeting room for lesson instructions. Participants engage with lesson resources either individually or in small groups via Zoom breakout rooms.
  2. Everyone returns to the main Zoom room to wrap-up and reflect on the lesson.



Date: August 4 & 5, 10 am - 2 pm MT

Location: Your living room!

Registration: Free!

Continuing Education: Certificate for 10 hours of professional development

Graduate Credit: 1 graduate credit (paid for by CIRES) from the University of Colorado Boulder


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