In the summer of 2013 Rhys Daunic of The Media Spot worked with research scientists from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University's Earth Institute to create a series of videos as part of HOT: ONE WORLD, ONE CLIMATE, a curriculum developed by Carolyn Harris of RealWorldMatters and Ryan Goble of Making Curriculum Pop! and Mindblue.
The videos were produced as mini lectures for middle and high school teachers and their students to introduce the major themes in Earth's climate change story: the conditions necessary for sustaining human life, how humans are effecting those conditions, the prognosis for the planet, and what we can do about it. Rhys also was able to participate in and document a Climate Change in the Classroom professional development experience lead by Carolyn and Ryan where 8th-12th grade teachers of STEM, English and Social Studies from around the country workshopped the curriculum with direct access to NASA GISS Scientists.
About Hot: One World, One Climate
"This is an interdisciplinary curriculum and role-play that places students at the center of one of today's biggest challenges - climate change - and one of our biggest opportunities - finding energy solutions to address this global problem. Hot is designed for in- and out-of-school learning experiences. The first two beta units of Hot are now available for educators to field test, along with the Hot role play simulation - Climate Change Challenge. The development of Hot education materials is guided by an advisory group of classroom educators, leading climate scientists and journalists and education experts." Read more about HOT, and also see NYTimes Learning Networks: Climate Change Questions for Young Scientists where the videos were also featured.