Curriculum Resources

Imagining Tomorrow is designed to be an independent project on the part of the students and does not require classroom time or linkage to a particular curriculum.  As noted in “Starting Points”, the issues of energy and the environment are truly multi-disciplinary; they  involve not just science and technology, but also social and political sciences.  If you are interested in a more comprehensive discussion with your students, there are many resources available for you.

 

Climate and Energy: Uncertainties in Forecasts and the Problems of Scale, a video by Professor Ronald G. Prinn, MIT.  Part of MIT Energy Short Course Series, from the MIT Lab for the Energy and Environment (LFEE). 

 

Classroom Encounters

Classroom Encounters with Global Change Scientists is an exciting new video series of middle- and high-school students talking with scientists working in the field of climate change and global modeling. More information is available at www.classroomencounters.org.

 

Envirothon

The Envirothon is America's leading natural resource education program for high school students. More information is available at www.envirothon.org.

 

National Envrionmental Education Foundation

Become a partner in National Environmental Education Week, April 15-22, 2007, a program of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Now in its third year, EE Week seeks to enhance the educational impact of Earth Day (April 22nd) and create a full week of energy and environmental education lessons and activities for K-12 classrooms, universities, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums.  Some ways to participate include conducting a school energy audit or planting native tree species. 

Join the efforts at www.eeweek.org/register.htm.

 

On Government Policy: The Choices Program

The Choices Program at Brown University develops curriculum resources on historical and current international issues that challenge students to link history to current issues, evaluate multiple perspectives, and articulate coherent policy positions.

They have a curriculum on Global Environment: Considering U.S. Policy, and a good accompanying lesson plan from the Program's Teaching with the News is Global Environment: Considering U.S. Policy.

 

On Writing

Some things that might be particularly interesting or useful for writing fiction and particularly speculative/science fiction include the following:

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. Le Guin (author of the Earthsea cycle and other wonderful books).

The website of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle (founded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft) provides literature guides and lessons using short science fiction stories to teach a variety of subjects.

The website of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction lists resources for teaching science fiction.

The Science of Science Fiction Writing by James Gunn (director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction).

 

Films

Hurricane on the Bayou:  Directed by Greg MacGillivray.  The film brings home the case that decades of "flood-contro" efforts have destroyed the wetlands that buffer tropical storms.  According to Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, "The movie. . rings the alarm bell without scaring the kids".  The movie was begun before Katrina struck, and "what was intended to be a warning . . has become a powerful documentary".