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Mobile Climate
Science Labs

Where Presented

Lab Themes

Carbon Dioxide(CO2)
Earth's Atmosphere
Electrical Power
Evidence &
    Global Warming
Food Choices
Green Careers
Heat Trapping Gases
    (Greenhouse Effect)
Human Health
Literacy, Climate
Ocean Acidification
Oxygen &
Planets & Space
Reflection &
    Absorption (Albedo)
Sea Level Rise
Solar Balloon
Sun/Solar Energy
Testing Demos
Visible to Infrared
Careful!  Avoiding
   "cold fusion" demos

Standards (K-12)
Academic Subjects
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Where Presented
As demonstrations and introductions to climate science evidence:
Conferences, public events, museums and aquariums, informal education.
For government and business, hearings and meetings.
K-8 schools, plus high school and undergraduate multi-class.

As lab experiments -- in depth, part of science courses:

For high schools, colleges and universities.
Teacher training and Professional Development.

Presentations adjust to audiences 8 to 108 years old. Aligned with state standards

Introduction: Getting to know CO2 levels; Seeing the invisible all around us.

Observing how much higher the CO2 is in what you breath out
Compared to what we breath in. Experience the dramatic difference.

People of all ages become aware of levels, comfortable with ppm

Comparing amounts of carbon dioxide released by different human activity.

Holding a one kilogram weight, consider the relative amounts of CO2 released
by various human activity -- one kilogram of carbon dioxide is produced by:
24 hours of breathing by an adult (2 days by a small child). NOT a large amount.
Easily absorbed by a large tree, Earth's natural cycles can handle with no problem.
By comparison, the same amount is released in 3 minutes by one car
[if a 30mpg vehicle at 60 miles per hour].
The burning of jet fuel to keep one passenger aloft in a commercial airliner
produces the same 1 kilogram of carbon dioxide in 18 seconds.
What we do, as individuals and as a society, makes a big difference in emissions.

More in depth labs experiment with emissions by various transportion
and energy technologies.

Characteristics of CO2 molecules-heat trapping gas, compared to N2 & O2

At the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference:

NASA/JPL Climate Science Day
Over a thousand high school students take part in climate science labs

Lab Experiments -- examples:

Take samples of CO2 produced by cars. Tailpipe emissions. Percentage C02.
Calculate volume and rate at different fuel consumption.

Measuring the CO2 produced by burning of fuel. Starting with a candle.
Calculate amount released by burning of a liter (or gallon) of gasoline.

Lab Themes
Carbon Dioxide   Earth's Atmosphere   Electrical Power   Energy
Evidence & Global Warming   Food Choices   Green Careers
Heat Trapping Gases (Greenhouse Effect)
Human Health   Infrared   Literacy, Climate   Molecules   Oceans
Ocean Acidification   Oxygen & Photosynthesis   Planets & Space
Reflection & Absorption (Albedo)   Sea Level Rise   Solar Balloon
Sun/Solar Energy   Temperature   Testing Demos   Transportation
Visible to Infrared   Water   Careful!  Avoiding "cold fusion" demos

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