The Crux of Climate Change

Through the generous support of our sponsors SOKS developed another hands-on science program for the Central Okanagan community. In 2003/04, we offered The Crux of Climate Change to teachers and community leaders to help elementary school aged children understand the intriguing science behind climate change.

SOKS has demystified the issues and presented a variety of perspectives and solutions to climate change. At the same time program participants enjoyed hands-on activities and learned some fun science.

Concepts covered included the greenhouse effect, ozone, the carbon cycle, the physical and biological impacts of climate change, and alternative energy technologies.

The curriculum for The Crux of Climate Change program incorporates exciting hands-on activities developed with curriculum IRPs in mind to ensure teachers could meet their prescribed learning outcomes, while building foundations of climate change awareness and energy conservation principles.

We may be coming to a school near you! To get involved contact your local community group, school or SOKS! We have wrapped up for this school year. Watch for our program offerings in September 2004

What is Climate Change?
Climate Change has resulted from the rise in global temperatures over the past 200 years. The increasing amount of carbon dioxide that humans pump into the atmosphere every day is a significant factor in the cause of this global warming.

Climate change is a complex issue that baffles many and a viable solution continues to challenge scientists and society, even after decades of research. However, communities in the Central Okanagan can start to help by first understanding what climate change is and learning what each one of us can do to help slow down global warming.

The Crux of Climate Change Program Series - 1.18 MB  (Draft Copy)
Climate Change Clues, Fossil Fuel Blues - 1.4 MB KB 
(Draft Copy)
Fabulous Fixes and Magical Mixes - 515 KB 
(Draft Copy)

The above files are available in Adobe PDF format. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can download the FREE Acrobat Reader application here.

Climate Change Quiz
Take this fun quiz and find out how much you know about our climate!

a). Which one of these are gases?

  • Carbon Dioxide 
  • Clouds 
  • Lightning 
  • Smoke 
  • Tornadoes 
  • Methane 
  • Oxygen 
  • Sunshine 

b). Which of these is an example of climate?

  • A windy day 
  • A rainy day 
  • A hot summer 
  • A sunny day 

c). What traps the Sun's warmth around our earth making it a comfortable place to live?

  • Atmosphere 
  • Blankets 
  • Windows 
  • Clouds 

d). What is the most energy efficient way to get to school?

  • Riding in a car 
  • Taking the bus 
  • Walking 
  • Taking the space shuttle 

e). Doing this will not save gas and energy:

  • Running in circles around the car until you're dizzy 
  • Making sure your car tires are at the right pressure 
  • Combining all your vehicle errands into one efficient trip 
  • Turning out the lights in your room before going to school 

f). An idling engine produces this many more pollutants than a moving car:

  • 108 times more 
  • 10 times more 
  • Zero. I mean, its not like the car is moving. . . 

Click Here For Answers! 

EPA Global Warming Kids Website:
Cool kids Climate Change Quiz:

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