Climate Change with NSF SPRINTT

Target Grade(s): 6-12


Award-winning curriculum and eloquent, online student investigations help students study science concepts emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, in the context of Earth's Polar Regions to better understand the complexity of Earth's climate and how it is changing. View the Earth using real scientific data from satellites and western researchers. Then, consider the lens of indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Examine tons of data and changes in ice, permafrost, weather patterns, biological change, and more as you conduct research with simple-to-use, web-based instructional tools, using authentic data sets and models to study our planet's past, present, and future climate. Interdisciplinary investigations address many Common Core State Standards in reading, writing, science, and technical subjects as well as mathematics in the context of climate science.

Climate change is a truly integrated topic, requiring knowledge of multiple disciplines. Discover student centered, data focused research investigations that assist your teaching of climate science.

What can I expect from this course?

Participants attend 5 LIVE, online sessions in a user-friendly format, which include, but are not limited to the following topics:

Session 1: NGSS and Climate Science; SPRINTT Curriculum
Session 2: Monitoring Climate Change with Satellites
Session 3: Indigenous Knowledge
Session 4: Data Driven Pedagogy and the Nature of Science
Session 5: SPRINTT Student Research

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

All NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas are integrated into this course. The specific focus of assignments and discussions are tailored by the participants needs.


  • Climate Change Phenomena
  • Data driven teaching to represent the Nature of Science
  • Climate Change and Nutrition
  • The Value of Indigenous Knowledge
  • NGSS Learning Progressions
  • Arctic Sea Ice
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Antarctic Expeditions

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (8 of 8 addressed):

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

What other opportunities may I pursue?

Participants may implement course content and develop a portfolio following the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with the goal of submitting work for National Board Certification.

Educators may seek opportunities to present at conferences, or among colleagues and education community stakeholders. Course instructors and mentors will support your individual goals to become leaders in integrated STEM education.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Access, interpret, and utilize polar data sets for the classroom.
  • Teach standards-based Life, Earth, and Physical Science content in a polar context.
  • Compare and contrast Indigenous and Western science knowledge on polar science and incorporate each into classroom instruction.
  • Facilitate students' use of authentic polar data in conducting formal investigations and research projects to meet Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.
  • Adopt inquiry and technology-based teaching and learning strategies and successfully implement them in the classroom.