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The Next 100 Years

Authors: Curtis Taylor, Gabrielle Thinh, Brent Spirnak

Grade: 6th

Subjects: Digital Arts, Humanities, Math, Science

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Student taking notes for project
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During this project, students worked as change agents. Our Earth’s climate follows a pattern of natural ups and downs, in which there is a natural warming and cooling of the earth. Unfortunately, human impact has now sped up the warming process and is causing various effects to our ecosystems and daily life. In this project, students investigated the cause of climate change and brought about awareness and solutions. Students educated the public by exhibiting at Birch Aquarium through the creation of a detailed comic book, a published article in a science journal and an informative art piece. This project was also in collaboration with HTMCV. Students launched the project with 6th and 7th graders from Chula Vista by exploring the engineering design process for our climate clients. As a result of this project, students became more enlightened and aware of how they can make a difference for the next 100 years!

  • How do oceanic and atmospheric systems and human activity contribute to global climate change?
  • What are the current and potential future impacts on weather, climate, ecosystems and resources?
  • How can we educate the public?
  • A classroom comic book narrating the life of Earth’s journey through various aspects of Climate Change.
  • Published article in a scientific journal.
  • Informative art piece
  • Abstract film on student selected climate topic

Humanities Standards:

  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.7)
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8)
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.9)


NGSS Standards:

  • Weather and Climate (MS-ESS2-5, 2-6 & 3-5)
  • Human Impact (MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4)
  • Cell structure and viruses/bacteria (MS-LS1-1)
  • Earth System’s (air flow, high pressure/low pressure systems) (MS-ESS2-5)