What is a Model?

In this interactive activity students will create a very simple climate model. They use worksheets, chips/tokens, and follow rules for heat exchange. The activity only models temperature but there are instructions for adaptations of the model, such as rule changes for an atmosphere with increased levels of CO2.

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Little Shop of Physics
Colorado State University

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers may want to try the activity on their own to get a sense of how the model works before using it with students.

Depending on baseline knowledge, there may need to be some scaffolding or modification done for middle school audiences.