The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course focuses on the science concepts needed to understand why the climate is changing at this time, how humans are responsible, and what can be done to slow or stop the global warming that is causing climate change. Science is most effectively learned when there is a careful pairing of information with an application of that information. For that reason, this illustrated course has eighteen activities woven through it. This course is intended for use with grades ranging from late grade school to early high school. However, as one 12-year-old reviewer said, “There really is no upper age limit, if you do not know this material.”
Examples of Activities and Original Illustrations
There are original illustrations designed specifically for this course.
The activities include hands-on labs, coloring, graphing, scientific modeling, and even a field trip. This coloring activity looks at the difference between the amounts of products that can be made from unrecycled materials versus recycled materials using the same amount of energy. Recycling is one of the simple steps people can take to shrink their carbon footprint.
The data for this course was obtained from credible science sources:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Earth Systems Laboratory (ESL)
- National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Check out Blair’s other courses.
I have written four year-long science courses. Two are in print, one will be out in the summer of 2017, and I have another course that will be out in 2018.
Reviews from Educators
The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course is a fun and engaging book for kids who want to understand what climate change is all about. It presents solid science in an accessible and tangible way that helps kids understand a complex issue. The activities are fun for kids who are just starting to understand and kids who need deeper exploration. With good science, an engaging format, and activities to make abstract concepts tangible, The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course is a great book for schools, homeschoolers, and after-school activities. Alexandria Sommers, Environmental Chemist and Science Educator
A great introduction to an important but complicated topic! Blair Lee’s clear instruction and simple, hands-on activities make this a great–and necessary–book for kids and adults alike! Valerie Grosso, Be Naturally Curious
I highly recommend this publication for everyone. The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course is in a useful and easily understood format. The information is presented in such a way that it will work well with younger and older students. This is such a relevant topic in today’s society, we have decided that if this project funds we will use this course in our summer co-op. It is imperative that children have the tools that they need to develop a better understanding of the world in which they live. Tina Harden, Bringing Food Forests to NE Florida
As a publisher of science curricula, I am both thrilled and honored to support The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course. This is a much needed resource for today’s environmental challenges that will surely impact the future of the very audience for whom this book is intended. What’s unique about The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course is its ability to grab children’s attention while teaching the real science behind the Change. This book isn’t a gloss over of some environmentalist’s idealistic Utopia. No, it’s a nitty-gritty, get-down-to-it climate change manual that is as practical as it is entertaining. The science taught in this book is immediately understandable and directly applicable for children (and their parents) living at this pivotal time in the world’s environment. Kate Johnson, Pandia Press
Reviews from Kids
I would highly recommend this book to inform and educate everyone on the science of climate change, which in turn allows you to make informed decisions on how to help protect our Earth’s future. In this book, you will learn the truth about climate change through fun activities and accurate science then make a plan for how you can help. L.C. age 12
I liked how easy it was to understand the science explaining global warming and climate change after using The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course. I could explain what I learned to anyone! O.K. age 13
Reviews from Parents
This course is a beautiful balance of the science of climate change and the passion needed to combat its effects. The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course is a phenomenal resource to educate and inspire students, teachers, and families as we all learn how and why to affect change for a better future. Kat Hutcheson, parent
Using this book, my kids learned the science behind climate change in a straightforward and dynamic manner. Through a basic understanding of chemistry as it relates to climate, we all grasped the significance of global warming. Now, we can discuss our own strategies to improve our climate as a family with the power of why. Rachel Durand, parent
My son was interested in the book and excited to do the experiments. I found it full of important information and activities that made it easy to understand this topic. Christina Keller, parent