Scientist-Teacher Workshops

PCC hosts workshops that promote interaction between science teachers and UW scientists with the goal of bringing our current understanding of climate into the classroom. 

What to watch for in summer/fall 2020:

“Organismal Responses to Climate Change” w/Professor Lauren Buckley (UW Biology)

“From Greenhouse Gases to Global Warming” w/Professor Kyle Armour (UW Atmospheric Science and Oceanography) (postponed from April 2020)

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“From Greenhouse Gases to Global Warming” – Saturday, April 25, 2020  

Have you wanted to explore ways to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius with your students, to explain how the greenhouse effect works, or to be able to explore “what-if?” scenarios about how changing to renewable energy or changing human behavior would change our projections of future climate? If yes, this workshop at the University of Washington-Seattle on April 25 could be right for you.

UW faculty member Kyle Armour and his graduate students will guide a small group of high school teachers through a strategy for teaching students about how future global warming depends on our greenhouse gas emissions, and what we can do to reduce our emissions and global temperature rise going forward. In the 2019 workshop we extended the climate model lesson to start from greenhouse gas emissions, and set the stage for the development of adaptations of this lesson for participant’s classrooms. Teachers will leave this workshop with the framework for a new lesson and be invited to return later in the year to share and refine their lesson.

We can accept up to 20 for the full day, which includes an afternoon session designed for those who have participated in the morning session and who have a working knowledge of excel, greenhouse gases, and radiation balance. 20 additional participants are welcome to participate in the morning session only (9:00 am through lunch).

Participants in the 2019 workshop on understanding climate model predictions.
Miriam Bertram
Participants in the 2019 workshop on understanding climate model predictions.

Target Audience:  High school physics, chemistry, environmental science teachers and others who use, or are able to use, excel and basic algebra in their classroom teaching, and have a basic understanding of greenhouse gases and Earth’s radiation balance.  The content here extends that presented to teachers who participated in the “Physics of a Changing Climate: Energy Conservation and Transfer” offered through the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD) and OSPI in February and March.

Morning: Primarily lecture format.

Afternoon:  Emphasis on working with a simple model in excel and thinking about how to use the presentations and content in your classrooms. Participants in the afternoon session should bring a laptop computer.


Kyle Armour is an Assistant Professor in Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, a lead author in the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report and the recent recipient of a Sloan Fellowship for early-career scientistsKyle teaches a variety of climate-related courses at the UW and is well-known for his ability to communicate climate science understandably. Kyle will lead the 2020 workshop.

Miriam Bertram is the Assistant Director for the UW Program on Climate Change and often works with high school teachers and scientists to collaborate around content development.  She is co-editor of an open-access teaching resource “Climate Science for the Classroom” to be widely released soon. You can preview it here.  Miriam periodically teaches cross-disciplinary undergraduate climate courses and will be facilitating the 2020 Current Climate Change Workshop at UW Seattle.  


Location: UW Seattle Campus

Date: Hoping to resechedule for fall 2020.

Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Clock hours:  Will be available for a small fee.

Coffee, lunch and parking costs are hosted by the UW Program on Climate Change.

Registration Required: Registrants will be admitted on a rolling basis, with 20 participants accepted for the full day and an additional 20 participants for the morning session only. 

For more information contact Miriam at: or 206-543-6521 (office phone)

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