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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.
10-12 class periods
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. (NOS7)
- The scientific community is global and diverse. (NOS7)
- Scientists are influenced by their personal experiences and cultures. (NOS7)
- Anyone can participate in science, but the pursuit of science as a career often requires extensive formal training.
- Science is embedded in, and influenced by, the broader society. (NOS7)
- Scientific research is often focused on topics with the potential to help meet societal needs.
- 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.