Making a commitment for science year 2020….
As we come to the end of the year it is only normal to ponder what was accomplished during the last year and what the new year will bring. This is also the time of year when many teachers think about how they can help their students reach their academic goals by the end of the year. After all the school year is nearly half over and summer vacation or graduation will be here before you realize it. Over the last few days of your winter break think about what science events have shaped our world and think about the science issues that will most like influence the coming year.
This year in science the hot topic was global warming. It is clear that our world is undergoing a major shift in climate and weather patterns. However, it is still not clear if this change is caused by the phenomenon of global warming, if it has been caused by natural patterns of climate change, or if it has been caused by a combination of man-made and natural factors. No matter why it is happening, it is happening, and this is the generation that has to learn how to deal with the problems that come along with these changes.
Whatever you believe, proof is now here that are planet will be uninhabitable within 10 years. The most important action you can do is ask yourself every day with every action that you take, “What kind of footprint am I leaving behind with this action?” I have seen so many people sit in their car or truck with the motor running. Where I live there is an idle law. If your community does not have one, join together with your friends and find a way to get the law past in your local government. I have gone up to people and asked them to turn off their vehicle, telling them about the law and asking the, “What kind of footprint do you want to leave today?” Most people have been very receptive.
In the comment section below, write an action that you will adhere to to help clean up our planet. Talk to your family members, students and teachers. Help your school to make a difference.
In the year 2020, global warming will most likely stay a hot science issue. However, because it is also an election year, other science issues dealing with genetic experimentation, stem cell research and alternative energy development will also receive a lot of attention. As you plan your lessons for the last four to five months of school, try working in these hot topics into your curriculum.
While ringing in the New Year think about easy science fair projects and school science fair projects that your students can complete before the end of the school year. Try to focus your science fair projects on issues that are important to modern life. Have a great New Year!