Climate in the Classroom: Seacoast
CAW members from UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Sea Grant worked with a 6th grade science teacher at the Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, NH, to conduct the second Climate in the Classroom Program, building off of the first program with Oyster River Middle School 5th graders in 2016. The Project Team visited the class in March 2017 to give a presentation and do an interactive activity to brainstorm positive and negative impacts of climate change. This built right in with the content the students were already learning as part of their science curriculum and added local information and adaptation examples. The students then split into groups and spent the next two weeks developing posters that answered questions about climate change. Students also completed a questionnaire activity, asking their parents and guardians questions about their past experiences during storms, what they do to prepare, and whether they have noticed changes in weather over time. The questionnaire was developed with input from the CAW Outreach subcommittee. The Climate in the Classroom program culminated in a community event in April 2017, held at the school’s gymnasium. Students, their families, and other teachers and community members attended the event, for a total of over 80 people!