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Climate Super Solutions

Current climate change patterns will be affecting future generations for years to come. Today’s students are this planet’s future superheroes! NCSE’s final climate change lesson set explores students' roles in both mitigating and adapting to life in a rapidly changing climate. In a lesson set meant to infuse students with hope, students investigate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate solutions. Throughout this storyline, students are guided through a self-exploration of what it means to be a community scientist and the discoveries that can be made using crowd-sourced data. By empowering students to engage in local community science projects,  students will gain the confidence to take action in order to help counteract climate change. 

This lesson set was updated on March 7, 2022.

Age Level
Grades 9-12
4-6 50 minute classes


Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • HS-ESS3.C1: The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.
  • HS-ESS3.C2: Scientists and engineers can make major contributions by developing technologies that produce less pollution and waste and that preclude ecosystem degradation.
  • HS-ESS3.D1: Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts.

Performance expectations

  • HS-ESS3-4: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

Other Relevant NGSS References:

  1. NGSS Appendix F (pdf): Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS
  2. NGSS Appendix G (pdf): Crosscutting Concepts
  3. NGSS Appendix H (pdf): Understanding the Scientific Enterprise: The Nature of Science in the Next Generation Science Standards
  4. NGSS Appendix J (pdf): Science, Technology, Society and the Environment

This is a beta version of Lesson Set Five.

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