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Inventing Tomorrow: Air Module

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Overview:
This module uses a film about students José, Jesús, and Fernando, who investigate smog in their town in Mexico, as a jumping off point for students to expand their understanding of air pollution, global warming, and the process of science.

Author/Source:
WGBH

Grade:
6-8

Discipline:
Earth science

Time:
10-12 class periods

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Science is ongoing; answering one scientific question frequently leads to additional questions to be investigated. (P1)

  • The real process of science is complex, iterative, and can take many different paths.

  • The process of science involves observation, exploration, testing, communication, and application.

  • Science depends on communication within the scientific community. (P7, P8)

  • Scientists usually work collaboratively.

  • The scientific community is global and diverse. (NOS7)

  • Anyone can participate in science.

  • Science contributes to many different sorts of new technologies.

  • Scientific knowledge helps us make decisions that affect our lives every day.

  • Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship. (NOS8)

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