Saturday, September 27, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
Carmel Clay Public Library
Open to science teachers and the general public

Participants will learn about -

  • Climate Systems
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Carbon Cycle
  • The Earth’s Energy Budget
  • Climate Data, Variability and Change
  • Changes in the Climate System
  • Adaptations and Mitigation
  • Wedge Game
  • Action and Impacts

Saturday, October 4, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
Carmel Clay Public Library
For Middle and High School Science Teachers Only

  • Teachers are strongly encouraged to attend both workshops, and will qualify to earn Professional Development Points.
  • Bring your laptop!
  • Work in small groups to review climate lesson plans.
  • Each teacher will pick out one lesson and prepare a presentation of that lesson to share with the group. (About a 10 minute presentation)
  • Review of website and materials
  • Leslie Webb, Carmel Green Initiative president, trained at Purdue to facilitate this program
  • Brandy Yost, High School Biology Teacher, trained at Purdue to facilitate this program
  • Olivia Kellner, Purdue University, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Climate Specialist, Indiana State Climate Office,  iclimate.org
  • Natalie Webb, Middle School Science Teacher
These Purdue workshops are offered by Carmel Green Initiative in partnership with the City of Carmel, and the Carmel Clay Public Library.  Space is limited. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Click here to register. Registration ends Sept 2.  But, there are a few spots left, so we're extending registration to Sept 15.
If you're a teacher from Clay Middle or Westfield, please contact Leslie Webb at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) has concluded that global warming is unequivocal and that human activity is likely the main cause. The National Research Council’s Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences (NRC, 2000a) identified four "grand challenges" that are directly linked to climate and climate change.  Additionally, the National Science Foundation has identified climate prediction and variability as a core study area.  Hence, it is vital that adults/teachers and students learn about climate and climate change.

The workshops will address four general questions: What is a climate system and its components?  What are causes and effects of component change?  What are the impacts of these changes?  What can we do about it?  The workshops will actively engage participants in learning through a combination of large and small group activity and discussion that is driven by climate data and visualizations. Participants will gain an understanding of climate variability, the interactions of natural and human systems, and the role of climate data and modeling in decision-making.

For Teachers: The workshops are designed to prepare middle and high school science teachers to both understand the science of climate and climate change and the methods for effectively teaching about climate and climate change.  The workshops consist of rich data sets and visualization activities that are model learning experiences and that address the major misconceptions students and adults hold about climate, global warming and climate change. The workshops were designed to align with a conceptual framework and are: 1) grounded in the research on students’ and adults’ conceptions of climate and climate change, 2) based on instructional activities and experiences that engage participants in analyzing and interpreting climatic data sets and visualizations and that require the application of scientific concepts, and 3) designed in accordance with the research on effective teacher professional development. The workshops promote active learning and collaboration. Teachers are encouraged to attend both workshops.  Participating teachers will qualify to earn Professional Development Points.

Here's how some science teachers are planning to use the information learned at the workshops...

"I plan to incorporate this into my ecology unit. We are also practicing problem based learning, so I am interested to see what is going on at a community level."  8th grade science teacher.

"I need the best and latest data to help students understand that climate change is real."  9th grade biology teacher.

"I would like to use this information to improve the Global Climate Change unit of my Environmental Science course."  11-12th grade AP Environmental Science / Physical Geology teacher


See Workshop Photos

Teacher Lesson Plans

Indiana Academic Standards - Science

Thanks to our Partners, Sponsors and Facilitators!

This program was developed at Purdue University by the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Agronomy  with a grant from the National Science Foundation, Geoscience Education program.  The project directors are Dan Shepardson(PI), Professor of Geoenvironmental and Science Education, Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University and Dev Niyogi (CoPI), Indiana State Climatologist and Associate Professor, Departments of Agronomy and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University.