The Carbon Cycle: Reduce carbon emissions (NEW)

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About The Carbon Cycle: Reduce carbon emissions (NEW) Virtual Lab Simulation

Carbon is one of the main building blocks of life! In this simulation, you will learn all about the carbon cycle to help Farmer Greg understand the reason behind the corn shortage. He has been informed that it could be due to the effects of global warming from carbon emissions. You will learn about the importance of the carbon cycle and the negative impact of human emissions on the environment so you can help Farmer Greg with his problem. Will you be able to find a sustainable solution to reduce carbon emissions without having to sacrifice the modern lifestyle?

Influences on the Carbon Cycle

Discover the complexity of the carbon cycle with our amazing interactive 2D minigame on our high-tech floating screen. One of the many benefits of learning in a virtual lab, you can take the lab anywhere you want – like a farm!

Understand the importance of the carbon cycle in many life processes, such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Use your newfound knowledge of the carbon cycle to investigate the effects of global warming. Too much of anything is usually a bad thing – discover the wider impacts of excessive carbon emissions on the environment and how this can cause cascading effects to food production, wildlife and more.

Reduce human carbon emissions!
Use the 3D model to identify how different components, such as forests, factories and cars, influence the carbon in the environment. Assess the effects caused by excessive concentrations of atmospheric carbon, particularly what happens to the ocean. Find different ways of balancing a healthy environment and a modern day lifestyle. Once you have achieved your goal, you can continue playing with the model to find as many solutions for combating global warming as possible, and find out why some solutions just don’t work!

A green future
At the end of the simulation you will have to inform Farmer Greg of your findings! Do you think you can find the ideal solution for reducing carbon emissions?

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Learn all about the carbon cycle and help Farmer Greg understand the wider issues affecting corn production. Identify the different reservoirs and how they are connected, and then determine how human emissions affect the cycle by playing with the 3D model.

Techniques in Lab

  • Importance of the carbon cycle: cellular respiration, photosynthesis, decomposition, combustion
  • Carbon is finite

Learning Objectives

  • Model how carbon moves between places in the environment
  • Explain the wider impact of changes at any one point in the carbon cycle
  • Identify examples of human influence on the carbon cycle

Simulation Features

Length – 18 minutes
Accessibility mode – Available
Languages – English

Examples of Related Standards


No direct alignment, Could support revision for 1st year Biology courses


ESS1.B-H2, HS-ESS2-4, ESS2.A-H3, LS2.B-H3, HS-LS2-5


Biology 4.3: Carbon cycling


No direct alignment

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