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Invisible Footprints: Seeing Carbon Dioxide and Understanding Climate Change (1435)


What would happen if each person was in charge of their own personal atmosphere? In this colorful experiment, students actually are! Explore the global carbon cycle and climate change in a simple, positive, and intimate way. Ideal for the middle school classroom.

• Introduce students to the carbon cycle, greenhouse effect, and climate change
• Create personal and class atmospheres that engage and empower students
• Examine, calculate, and “emit” each student’s carbon footprint. Visualize the result!
• Find solutions by combining positive “handprint” actions and visualize these results!

Group Size:

For 20 Students

Time Required:

Complete in 1 week (1-1.5 hours total lab time)

Kit Includes:

Instructions, atmosphere powder, CO2 e powder, color change solution, mitigation solution, conical tubes, microcentrifuge tubes, transfer pipettes, carbon footprint questions, & carbon handprint actions.

All You Need:

Distilled Water and three beakers, flasks, or cups.