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Stabilization Wedges Game

Lesson Description:
Students will explore the options of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. They will discover that certain "wedges" of energy emissions need to be cut in order to avoid harmful environmental and health outcomes. Students will work together to find carbon-cutting solutions, and learn along the way that there is no clear cut answer to these issues.
Lesson Type:
  • Project
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
2-3 standard (40-50 minute) class periods to prepare for and play
Standards Addressed:
National Science Content Standards:
  • Systems, Order and Organization
  • Science as Inquiry
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspective, Natural and Human Induced Hazards & Environmental Quality

Materials Needed:
See Student Game Materials at end of packet:
  • 1 copy of instructions and wedge table per student (print single-sided to allow use of gameboard pieces!)
  • 1 wedge worksheet and 1 gameboard with multi-colored wedge pieces per group, plus scissors for cutting out
  • game pieces and glue sticks or tape to secure pieces to gameboard
  • optional - overhead transparencies, posters, or other materials for group presentation

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