Climate Superstars: Tasks List

Below you'll find the list of each daily task.

Please note:

  • Tasks are listed with a specific date but can be done in any order.  The date refers to when the task will be available to access on the Climate Superstars platform.
  • You only need to complete 7 of the 10 tasks (including taking the Energy STAR pledge) between October 19 and 30 to be included in the drawing.
  • Tasks align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and many common science themes.
  • Each task takes an average of 16 to 20 minutes to complete.

Don't forget to download our Climate Superstars Educator Guide for background information on tasks, suggestions of how to include tasks into lesson plans, and tools to explore topics further.

2020 Themes & Tasks

How do we affect the climate?

  • Learn About Global Climate Change (October 19)
    Understanding climate change requires monitoring specific types of long-term changes. This task explores the difference between weather and climate.
  • Observing Signs of Climate Change (October 20)
    Years of scientific observational data indicate what climate changes have occurred. This task explores the types of indicators scientists track and how those key indicators are related.
  • Take a Climate Change Tour (October 21)
    Climate change is occurring on global and local scales. This task looks at climate change impacts in four US geographic regions.
  • Learn How Humans Contribute to Climate Change (October 22)
    Changes to earth’s atmosphere are key to understanding the climate change phenomenon called global warming and the greenhouse effect. This task takes a look at the causes and effects of climate change.

 

Where does our energy come from?

  • Learn About Electricity Generation (October 23)
    Generation of electricity has impacts on the environment, such as greenhouse gas emissions. This task introduces the types of power plants and energy sources used to generate electricity.

Understanding renewable energy

  • Learn About Renewable Energy (October 26)
    Renewable energy sources play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This task looks at the benefits of renewable energy sources and how they can help combat climate change.
  • Help Protect the Climate and Take the ENERGY STAR® Pledge (October 27)
    Use of electricity in the home – everything from light bulbs to appliances, to heating and cooling systems – can have a surprisingly big environmental impact. This task introduces the ENERGY STAR® program that helps consumers and businesses save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Find Out Why Electric Cars Can Help (October 28)
    Transportation has an even bigger environmental impact than residential electricity use. This task looks at three types of electric car technologies that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Saving energy is for everyone

  • Streaming Smart (October 29)
    What is the most environmentally friendly way to stream music and video? This task explores the answer.
  • Learn About Vampire Power (October 30)
    Future demand for electricity is forecasted to grow exponentially. This task takes a look at the need for greater energy efficiency.

 

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