Buses, Trees, and Carbon: A Decision Making Preparation for Future Learning

Middle School High School
Investigation

No science class can prepare your for all of the science-related problems you will encounter in the future. You will need to track down information, do investigations, and synthesize ideas on your own. In this activity, we will practice that kind of learning. You will be determining the carbon dioxide emissions from your school’s bus fleet and will calculate how many trees it would take to completely offset these emissions.

Biology

Environmental Science

Carbon Cycle & Climate Change

Plants & Photosynthesis

Carbon cycle, photosynthesis, carbon sequestration, data analysis, scientific argumentation

Basic knowledge of greenhouse effect, carbon cycle, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration

Four 50-minute classroom periods

Computers with Internet access