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Flipside Science: Environmental Literacy

Flipside Science is a youth-produced educational video series that tackles complex environmental engineering topics and empowers middle school students to make a difference. Developed by teachers and the California Academy of Science, the video series includes materials for middle school science classrooms but also are applicable for high schools.

Hosted by Academy youth, this engaging collection of videos and associated lessons explores how local communities are addressing environmental problems with solutions ranging from vertical farming to greywater recycling.

Units are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Among them:

Our Hungry Planet: Food For a Growing Population

This unit explores environmental issues related to the food we grow and eat. It reviews key issues like food waste, urban farming, and diet, and underscores how simple choices we make can impact our planet.

Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future

Energy is an important part of our everyday lives. We use energy to cook, get around, and send emails. In this unit, we’ll explore the issues associated with fossil fuels and how people are coming up with innovative sustainable energy alternatives for a brighter future.

Fresh Solutions: Water Use and Conservation

Humans depend on water, and our need for this precious resource is growing alongside our population. How will we meet the needs of the future without harming the environment?  This unit explores key water issues, the water cycle, and some of the technology and techniques used to conserve water.

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