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European network of regional projects for school partnerships on climate change research

European network of regional projects for school partnerships on climate change research

Objective

CarboSchools+ proposes to link carbon science laboratories with secondary schools to develop partnerships where young Europeans learn and conduct experiments about climate research and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In partnership projects, scientists and teachers co-operate over several months to give young people a practical experience of research through real-time experiments, site visits, debates etc. A final output (article, exhibition) shares the findings with parents, friends, community etc. Nine research institutes in 7 countries will explore how they can best motivate and support such partnerships at the regional level in a wide variety of contexts, approaches, topics and age-groups. European co-operation will allow a comparison of results, learn from each other and develop replicable good practice. Pupils will gain European experience by doing comparative measurements through a common “school CO2-web”. An in-depth study of impacts on attitudes, beliefs and skills will allow a better understanding of the projects' level of effectiveness. Over 2 school years, partnerships will involve about 90 scientists, 140 teachers and more than 3000 students. Their direct interaction will support teachers in the highly complex, interdisciplinary and socially relevant field of global change, and improve the communication skills of scientists. Methods and materials will be jointly developed and shared with a broad range of players in science education via the internet, a European conference and regional dissemination activities. CarboSchools+ is proposed by institutes firmly rooted in two FP6 research projects on climate change on the basis of outstanding results from educational projects piloted since 2005. A field-tested concept, a first set of resources and an enthusiastic human network provides us with confidence and institutional support to make science learning more engaging and challenging for young people as future workers, consumers and citizens.
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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Address

Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

Administrative Contact

Susanne Hermsmeier (Ms.)

Participants (9)

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TEACHER SCIENTIST NETWORK LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 182 910

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER MEERESWISSENSCHAFTEN AN DER UNIVERSITAET KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 80 000

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 79 159,61

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 79 996

FUNDACIO PARC CIENTIFIC DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 44 487,39

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 95 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217751

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2008

  • End date

    31 December 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SIS

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 426 197,91

  • EU contribution

    € 981 553

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany