Feeling good to complete the carbon foot print calculation, inspite of several obstacles.Students felt really intresting as they got chance to do self study. Ocean acidification activity and Virtual lab at isi home page was also informative and intresting.
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Hi ISCFC teachers,
It’s wonderful that we’ve received data for 16 classes so far! We’re anxious to hear what other classes have discovered.
We would love to see posts and comments on other students posts from each of your students. Please make sure to encourage your students to join and explore the 8 topics under “Discuss…”
Please send us a photo (or photos) of your class so that we can post them on the site.
Pam, Jason, and Geraldine
I sent in my school’s data and we still have not shown up on the map. Also Some of my students had problems with the footprint calculator. The screen had a lot of boxes that were all on top of one another instead of small rectangles to fill in data. I had quite a few students working at once and not all of them had the problem.
My students have finished their footprint calculations, and if all goes well, they will be joining the discussions tomorrow. We had just used the Ecological Footprint Quiz at http://www.myfootprint.org/ from the Center for Sustainable Economy when I found about this project and asked to join. That quiz, although not specifically aimed toward high school students, is a good one, and on the website they have suggestions for how people can reduce their footprint. Some of you might find it useful.
I teach Integrated Science at Seoul International School, and my students and I are excited to join the project!
My students have finished their footprint calculations and will be joining the discussions shortly. I gave them a preliminary assignment to count calories for a few days, research the flights they have taken in the last year, count light bulbs at home, etc. I think this helped to make a more accurate picture of their footprints. I would be more than willing to share this with anyone interested.
The one area my students struggled with most was the transportation to and from school, for shopping, etc. as life at school (boarding) and life at home can be very different. I also noticed that because of a very varied student population that travels quite a bit, the standard deviation was very high for our average. I also included the median for my students to look at when I gave them their class averages.
I asked Marco how to post drawings or photos and this was his suggestion-
You can post drawings or photos on Flickr and then place the link to it in a post (along with some text, maybe a description). The drawing will show up in a post since Flickr is an “oembed” site, meaning its content gets embedded in our posts.
If any of your students encountered an “NaN” error in place of their footprint total while calculating their food footprint, my apologies, but this is now solved. It was a problem with the equation behind the fire question (Question 42) that is now fixed. Many thanks to Marita and her two students for alerting us to the problem!
One of my students found a strange thing in the calculator. When you are done with the calculation you have a possibility to compare your footprint depending on chosen country. The students’ personal carbon result changed depending on which country she chose. Very well, this can probably be explained with that similar actions give different results in different countries. However, when she chose country back to Sweden again, her personal result (total CO2) was different than before starting to compare countries. I guess that’s a bug?
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