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Acknowledgements, Thank You's
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Greenhouse Effect

Faulty Demos
Errors, Misconceptions
Testing, Lab Results
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In Dedication to
Stephen Schneider

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The Mobile Climate Science Labs wish to thank the many people and institutions who have been of invaluable assistance:
serving as science advisors; being available for consultation; providing technical help and advice;
have published outstanding work which contributed specifically to the advancement of quality hands-on labs & demos;
played an active role in our testing and scientific review process;
and/or have been part of teams to develop, present and deploy demos based on sound science., and no other acknowledged below, bears responsibility for any factual errors,
editorial opinions expressed, involvement in the writing or publication of reviews of educational resources,
or the posting of advisories to educators on this web site.
Feedback and commentary may be directed here.

Scientists and Science Institutions
Ray Weymann, Director Emeritus, Carnegie Observatories; Member, National Academy of Sciences
Iain Stewart, Professor of Geosciences Communication, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth
Richard Somerville, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Paul Wagoner, TERC; Chunhua Liu and R. G. Tobin of Tufts University
David Hafemeister, Peter Schwartz; Department of Physics, Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, California
Joachim Dengg, Institute for Oceanography, Kiel, Germany
Kristie Boering, Professor of Chemistry and Earth & Planetary Science, UC Berkeley
Nicholas Pinter, Scott A. McManus: Geology Department, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL; CEC Commissioner
Dan Kammen, Professor of Energy & Society, Energy Resources Group, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Carbo Europe
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
NASA JPL, Pasadena California
Thank you to the hundreds of scientists who participate in and provide feedback on our hands-on science demo presentations in California each year.
Dedication: to Stephen Schneider, Stanford University, for his incredible scientific mentorship, insistence that education be based on sound science,
and enthusiastic support of hands-on climate science education until the time of his death in July 2010.
Steve is still with us, as kids by the thousands do science experiments together, that he helped develop -- "Teach Your Children Well". Indeed!

Educators and Education Institutions
Carbo Schools; Philippe Saugier, Educational Coordinator, Max Planck Institut fuer Biogeochemie (MPI-BGC)
Jonathan Hare, Creative Science Centre, University of Sussex
Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science, PI: Global Systems Science and NASA funded Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education
Richard Bailey, Ph.D.; Director, Lake Merritt Institute
Alice Altair Gift Enevoldsen, Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Andrea Cook, California Center for Sustainable Energy
Pacific Energy Center, San Francisco: energy science expertise, Tool Lending Library and Resource Center.
Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Science Museum of London
Teknikens Hus, LuleŚ, Sweden
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose
National Science Teachers Association
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
Susann B. Lueddecke, Marion High School, Marion Illinois
June Gorman, Transformative Education Forum
Walter Stavloz, Association of Science-Technology Centers
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse
Girl Scouts of America, Northern California
Boy Scouts of America, Northern California
Green Kids Conference, Mountain View, California
University of Bern, Switzerland, IPCC Working Group I
The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), India
National Center for Science Education (Climate Education Watch web page layout tips)
University of California: Berkeley, Davis, LA and San Diego
California State University: East Bay, Fresno, Sonoma and San Francisco
American Forest and Paper Association
American Chemistry Council
American Petroleum Institute
BP Alternative Energy
National Energy Education Development
Keystone Center
Project Learning Tree
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Mission Science Workshop, San Francisco -- among the public science educational facilities where tests were run.
And the scores of K-12 teachers who took part in hands-on tests and evaluations in the San Francisco Bay Area: Thank you!!

Science Communicators
Alexa Jay and Climate Science Watch    Climate Science Rapid Response Team    Scott A. Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences, SCCC, New York     
BBC Two Earth: The Climate Wars     MythBusters TV Show     Dennis Thomopoulos, Hippoworks Animation    Toasty     Gary Braasch, Author
Real Climate    Skeptical Science     Global Warming Education Network     Lisa Graves, Source Watch     Brendan DeMelle, DeSmog Blog

Government Agencies
City of Berkeley    City and County of San Francisco     San Francisco Department of the Environment     City of San Jose     
     California Air Resources Board    California Energy Commission    European Union, Climate Action
Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland (e.g. hosts of John Tyndall 150th Anniverary Conference)     
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group I     Government of Denmark, EMU Education
Swiss Federal Office of the Environment    NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies    NOAA
United States Environmental Protection Agency    United States Navy

Manufacturers and Distributors of Science Research and Education Test Equipment and Software
Flir (Thermal Imaging, Infrared Cameras, and IR Gas Detectors)
Pasco Scientific

And last but definitely not least, thank you to the hundreds of students and parents
who have taken part in the testing and vetting of demos. Given valuable feedback. Assisted in design, building & development.
It is your enthusiasm, insistence, commitment and support that truly makes great hands-on science education possible.

Introduction and Index
Faulty demonstrations being heavily promoted -- over a dozen examples
Errors and misconceptions commonly found in flawed demonstrations
Testing the demos, mistakes revealed -- lab & field results from scientists and hundreds of students & teachers

Scientifically strong demonstrations engaging millions. Powerful, fun, dramatic, unforgettable.
Resources & Further Background
Encouraging rebuttal: welcoming sponsor-promoters to defend if demos are scientifically valid.
Testing the evidence for everyone to see, experience for themselves -- that's what has made science demonstrations so very powerful in history

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