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For the past year, a team of six faculty from the College of Natural Sciences at
California State University, Chico have been working on the NSF-funded development of
integrated science materials employing a problem-based approach and infusing computer
modeling and simulation with traditional laboratory experimentation. This paper will report on a
one-semester course we have developed based on the theme: Global Warming – Should We
Worry? The course covers topics such as: an introduction to climate change with web-based
research, an introduction to computer modeling and simulation using the program Stella, and a
series of modules, Solar Radiation and The Earth, C02 and The Ocean, and Photosynthesis and
Respiration, where computer models are developed tied to pertinent laboratory experiments. The course concludes with student teams taking on the task of representing various countries or
regions of the world in a mock Kyoto accord.
Kiser, T., Bell, J., Flory, R., Miller, R., Lederer, R. & Pushnik, J. (2000). Global Warming – Should We Worry? A Problem-based, Simulation, and Teamwork Approach To Teaching Integrated Science. In Proceedings of International Conference on Mathematics / Science Education and Technology 2000 (pp. 71-76). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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