A key aim of the National Curriculum for KS3 Science is to equip students ‘with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future’. Arguably no endeavor is more important than fighting climate change, and students need to be able to understand and make decisions about it.
This lesson shows students that CO2 is released when fuels are burned, proves that this causes a greenhouse effect, and leads them onto the most up-to-date research into ‘green technologies’ to mitigate the effects of climate change. Current technologies include greenhouse gas removal, ‘green’ hydrogen, and, excitingly, the use of CO2 as a useful resource. This lesson focuses on the latter.