NASA Global Warming Demonstration

This demonstration shows how water absorbs more heat than air. The corollary that is made is that the oceans are absorbing a lot of the heat related to climate change. The video tutorial shows an engaging demonstration that teachers can do live in their classrooms as part of a larger lesson/discussion about global warming. The video itself also includes an animation of how greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and concludes by mentioning simple solutions for students.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Teaching Tips

This demonstration would provide a good engaging introduction to the topic of heat capacity or climate change. While the video is meant to be used for a younger audience (Grades 3-8), the demonstration would work for all levels.

This demonstration fits well within a sequence on climate change and can spark further discussion/inquiry on the connection between our oceans and global warming.