Age Range: 6-16
Bill's online Climate Lab is a companion to the actual exhibit that opens in late 2010. As explained at the website, "It explores the effects of climate change on Earth's interconnected systems; use of the sun, wind, land, and water to generate clean energy; and innovative technology and design that will yield long-term benefits for human health and the planet."
When you get to the site, you'll see an introduction. Then you can choose to go on interactive missions that include:
*Waste Not - Learn about the energy wasters in your home and what you can do to stop them.
*Choose Renewables - Find out about fossil fuels and how they create pollution. Then learn about alternative sources and bio-fuels.
*Watts in Your Water - Discover how to harness water power to produce energy.
*Driving Change - Design a better more fuel-efficient vehicle for transportation.
*Growing Green - Grow and harvest a virtual garden.
*Building Boost - Turn your roof and house into a model of energy efficiency.
*Citizen Science - Join a citizen science project!
*Power in your Hands - Track how much you reduce, reuse, and recycle.
If you want to keep track of your mission scores, you must register (it's free).
For each mission there are a number of outside resource links for further learning. These can be accessed by clicking on "resources" at the bottom of the page. Note: I did not review the links, so parents (as always) should preview them to determine suitability of content.
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