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Climate Interactive

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Physics, Economics

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

En-ROADS Climate Solutions Simulator

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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 and global temperature. 
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Positives

  • The En-ROADS simulator is available in many languages.
  • 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.

Differentiation

  • High school teachers can introduce the En-ROADS simulator using SubjectToClimate's lesson Climate Solutions Scenarios with En-ROADS.
  • This resource could be used in a civics course as a policy workshop or role-playing game.
  • Science classes could use this resource to explore which combination of potential solutions could allow us to reach our global climate goals.
  • This resource could be used in language classes as it is available in numerous different languages.
  • 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.
  • Other resources related to climate change solutions include the interactive tool Climate Solutions, and the Table of Solutions by Project Drawdown.
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.
    • 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.
      • D2.Civ.13.9-12 Evaluate public policies in terms of intended and unintended outcomes, and related consequences.
    • 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.
      • D2.Eco.11.9-12 Use economic indicators to analyze the current and future state of the economy.
    • 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 (K-12)
      • 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)
    • Statistics & Probability: Interpreting Categorical & Quantitative Data (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.A.1 Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.A.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.
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.ID.B.6 Represent data on two quantitative variables on a scatter plot, and describe how the variables are related.
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