|CarboSchools links researchers from several leading carbon science laboratories in Europe with secondary schools. In these partnerships, young Europeans conduct experiments on the impact of greenhouse gases and learn about climate research and the reduction of emissions. Scientists and teachers co-operate over several months to give young people practical experience of research through true investigations and interactions with real scientists. The pupils also have the opportunity to inform the wider community about climate change by producing a final output of articles, exhibitions, conferences etc. |
Nine research institutes in seven countries are exploring how they can best motivate and support such partnerships at the regional level across a wide variety of contexts, topics and age-groups. European co-operation makes it possible to compare results, learn from each other and develop replicable good practice. Pupils can gain European experience by getting involved in the Europe-wide "school CO2-web" project. In order to assess the educational impact of the CarboSchools project, an in-depth evaluation of attitudes, beliefs and skills will be carried out.
Started in 2004 by CarboEurope and CARBOOCEAN, two major research projects on the carbon cycle, CarboSchools is currently funded until 2010 by the Science in Society programme of the EU with a target of ca. 100 schools directly involved. Furthermore, in 2008-2011, EPOCA, a new EU research project on ocean acidification, is also joining forces with CarboSchools. We hope that students will become fascinated and empowered by searching for solutions to "the biggest uncontrolled scientific experiment in human history" and that they will experience a true European dimension. We hope to make science learning more engaging and challenging for young people as future workers, consumers and citizens.