Climate Detectives schools project

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The European Space Agency (ESA) invites teachers and students between the ages of 8 and 15 to team up and join the Climate Detectives school project, commencing 17 September 2020 and running throughout the school year.

Teams of students, supported by their teacher, are called to make a difference by identifying a climate problem, investigating it by using available Earth Observation data or taking measurements on the ground, and then proposing a way to help reduce the problem. Students will learn about climate on Earth as a complex and changing system and the importance of respecting our environment.
At key phases of the project, scientists in the field of Earth observation and climate will support the teams. They will give feedback on their investigation plan and will take part in an online ‘ask the scientist’ event. At the end, all partici­pating teams will share their research findings on the project sharing platform with others taking part across the world. 

The project is split into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Identify a climate problem (17 September 2020 – 24 November 2020)
    • December – Teams get feedback from scientists 
  • Phase 2: Investigate the climate problem (December 2020 – 18 April 2021)
    • February – Ask the scientist webinar
  • Phase 3: Share results and make a difference (19 April 2021 – 19 May 2021)
We can all make a difference! Based on the results of their investigations, students should decide on the actions they want to take - as individuals and as citizens – to help reduce the problem.
By the end of the project (May 2021), teams who shared their projects will receive final written feedback provided by scientists. All teams will receive a certificate of participation by email in June 2021.

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