Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Faculty Advisor

Ranalli, Tina-Marie

Project Center

Puerto Rico


The goal of this project was to develop effective lessons that could be used to teach middle school students in Río Grande, Puerto Rico about the effects of climate change. These lessons provided evidence and examples of climate change in Puerto Rico. We used interviews to determine what material to incorporate into our lessons and how to best deliver it. To analyze the effectiveness of our lessons we tested our lesson on a 9th grade class. Statistical analysis showed a significant increase in understanding climate change based on the information in the lessons. We revised the lessons and developed supplemental lesson outlines to deepen student understanding of climate change topics. These outlines should be further developed and tested to encourage climate change education in Puerto Rico.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts