LESSON 4: THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT AND CLIMATE CHANGE Creative Commons, Attribution + Noncommercial + ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA)
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The greenhouse effect plays a central role in the creation and sustainability of life on Earth. But, humanity has disturbed the balance of Nature. As a result, the greenhouse effect threatens the sustainability of life on our planet, and also provokes an extensive change on Earth’s climate. The greenhouse effect is not a unique characteristic of Earth, since it appears also on other planets and natural satellites of our Solar system.
Knowledge acquisition gain
  Knowledge: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: ▪ Describe the function of the farmer's greenhouse ▪ Describe how the greenhouse effect is generated on Earth ▪ Formulate the definition of the global warming on our planet ▪ Report the consequences of global warming the greenhouse effect and of the greenhouse effect (positive-negative) ▪ Report the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect ▪ Report the scientific procedures used for answering questions ▪ Report that the greenhouse effect also appears elsewhere in the Solar system Skills: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: ▪ Perform the construction of a simple greenhouse ▪ Get acquainted with new technologies by developing experimental settings, with sensors and the relevant software. ▪ Interpret scientific diagrams ▪ Process scientific information ▪ Make calculations and classify the results ▪ Derive conclusions from data (images, experiment, texts) Attitudes: The students, after completing the lesson, will be able to: ▪ Raise their awareness of the greenhouse effect and the global warming of our planet ▪ Cooperate in groups ▪ Attain a positive attitude towards science ▪ Attain a positive attitude towards the STEM specialties

Workforce in Astronomy

Around 540,000 students study astronomy, physics, chemistry, and earth science in the EU. Besides astronomer or astrophysicist, there are many jobs available for which an astronomy degree is valuable. They include aerospace engineer, climatologist, computer systems analyst, data analyst, engineer, geophysicist, instrument designer, planetarium director, programmer, physicist, research scientist, science writer/journalist, software developer, statistician, teacher or professor, telescope operator. Jobs for scientists and engineers grew by 7% in the past five years. Jobs for technicians in the field grew by 2%. Overall, they account for 7% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 15 million European science and engineering workers are employed. They work in a variety of sectors, including professional services, utilities, manufacturing, and the public sector. In the next years, jobs for engineers and researchers will increase by 13%, and jobs for science and engineering technicians will increase by 2%.

Group
  15-28
Duration
  90 min
Number of staff
  1
Education Level
12-15 years
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Astronomy
Setting
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Intermediate
Operating system
Android
Cross platform / browser based
GNU/Linux
MacOS
Windows
Technical requirements
Internet connection during class required
You'll need to buy some materials
Printed materials required
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
Some effort required, you'll need to install some programs
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