Astronomy Tools To Teach Climate Change

Students in a changing climate: how can astronomy help?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8:35 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 1:35 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

This talk will explore the integration of space science technologies to demonstrate global change in a tangible way, emphasizing modeling, data analysis and problem solving. Astronomy is presented as a moderator between all systems of the terrestrial sphere, and a means by which to make local and global decisions. Participants will be given tools and lessons to foster STEM identities and build bridges between science, community, and the classroom. Utilization of astronomy with a climate lens can unify learning from other contents, while providing opportunities to explore the evidential sources of knowledge of our world.

About Christine Hirst Bernhardt

Christine Hirst Bernhardt is a STEM/Astronomy education leader. In 2021-2022 she was in US Congress advancing education policy initiatives an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Her passion for space fostered the Excellent Astronomy Teaching award and participation on NASA’s SOFIA mission. Christine has written space curricula and programs such as high altitude balloon program, student space symposium and international space camp. She holds Master’s in both Space Studies and Science Education. Her Doctoral research centers on international astronomy education and teacher learning with a social justice lens. As the US NAEC lead, she hopes to form international connections and collaborations amongst countries and classrooms.

Watch a recording of this talk (external link)