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Topics

  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Action
  • Climate Science
  • Economic Impact
  • Government Policy
  • Sustainability

Regional Focus

  • Global

En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator

Author: Climate Interactive
Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, Economics, Civics, Geography, Math
Resource Type:
  • Interactive Media
Synopsis
  • The En-ROADS simulator helps in understanding how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in energy, land use, consumption, agriculture, and other policies.
  • It shows how changes in GDP, energy efficiency, technological innovation and carbon price influence carbon emissions, global temperature, etc.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The En-ROADS simulator is available in 12 languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean.
  • For the reason above, it can used for a language lesson.
  • It is very good for lovers of math, statistics, and analysis.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The En-ROADS online simulator comes with a user guide which should be studied and used by the educator before trying it out with the students. There are also video illustrations, all under the help section.
  • Although the simulator can be used and viewed in the 12 languages listed above, the user guide is only available in English.
  • Best used in a policy workshop or as a role playing game.

Differentiation

  • Educators and learners who desire to be more grounded on climate change problems and solutions can sign up for this free course offered by En-ROADS. 
Scientist Notes
En-ROADS, though a variance of C-ROADS, is a simulator that will offers educators and students the opportunity to explore and learn the trends in global CO2, land use changes, population growth rate, etc. It has undergone a series of iterations, and it is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
      • D1.1.9-12 Explain how a question reflects an enduring issue in the field.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.10.9-12 Use current data to explain the influence of changes in spending, production, and the money supply on various economic conditions.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.11.9-12 Use economic indicators to analyze the current and future state of the economy.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.15.9-12 Distinguish between long-term causes and triggering events in developing a historical argument.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Writing
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.Math)
    • S-ID Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data
      • S.ID.1 Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.Math)
    • S-ID Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data
      • S.ID.2 Use statistics appropriate to the shape of the data distribution to compare center (median, mean) and spread (interquartile range, standard deviation) of two or more different data sets.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.Math)
    • S-ID Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data
      • S.ID.6 Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.Math)
    • S-MD Using Probability to Make Decisions
      • S.MD.5.b Evaluate and compare strategies on the basis of expected values. For example, compare a high-deductible versus a low-deductible automobile insurance policy using various, but reasonable, chances of having a minor or a major accident.

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