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Authors

Gen-Z Media, Earth Rangers

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science & Design Thinking

Resource Type

  • Podcast, 26 minutes, 37 seconds

Regional Focus

Global

Robots vs. Climate Change

Synopsis
  • This podcast highlights the benefits and pitfalls of technological advancements and how technology might be able to play a role in solving the climate crisis.
  • In this podcast, students will learn about carbon capture and storage, artificial intelligence, and other groundbreaking technology-based responses to the climate crisis.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This podcast is narrated by a student and includes a 17-year-old guest, which makes it especially relatable to young people. 
  • The student who hosts this podcast uses humor and storytelling to engage listeners and make it fun, while also teaching about a consequential topic. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Listeners have the option to listen within the site, download the podcast onto a computer, or download the free RadioPublic app. 
  • A short ad is woven into the podcast. 

Differentiation

  • Technology classes could use this resource, along with this interactive lesson, for a deeper dive into artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bias. 
  • Put students into small groups to discuss their opinions regarding technology's responsibility for the climate crisis, as well as the possibilities for technology to rectify the situation, being sure to reference specific facts from this podcast. 
  • Use this lesson plan, including a podcast that teaches about the many aspects of carbon capture, for a more thorough look at this topic. 
  • Have students research the most impactful climate solutions listed in this interactive table and then discuss the importance of carbon capture or other technological solutions in solving the climate crisis.
  • Other resources on this topic include this video that clearly explains the process of carbon capture and this video about using kelp to capture carbon.
Scientist Notes
In this episode, the host discusses how technology may play a role in solving the climate crisis. It should be noted that as of late 2022, there is still no effective carbon capture technology available, even though it gets a lot of air time in the media. This episode is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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