Physical & Augmented Reality for Climate Change Education

The challenge

Understanding climate change can be a daunting challenge for today’s young students. With complex scientific concepts and overwhelming data, it’s no wonder they may feel unsure of how to navigate this global issue.

Furthermore, taking proactive steps to address climate change can seem like an insurmountable task for youth, who may feel their individual actions won’t make a significant impact.

Despite these challenges, today’s students are uniquely positioned to advocate for change and drive sustainable initiatives. It’s crucial for the youth to grasp the urgency of the situation and be proactive in making a positive impact for climate.

The opportunity

Augmented Reality (AR) technology offers a promising solution: By immersing students in interactive and visually stimulating experiences, AR can bring complex environmental processes to life in a way that traditional education cannot. Through AR, students can witness the effects of climate change firsthand, fostering a deeper understanding and empathy for the environment. Moreover, AR can empower young individuals to take proactive steps by providing simulated scenarios where they can make real-time decisions impacting environmental outcomes.

By harnessing the engaging power of AR, we can equip today’s youth with the knowledge and motivation to become stewards of our planet.

In a nutshel

The 3 year long project aims to contribute in addressing Climate Crisis (CC) through quality education in the Mediterranean, EU’s Climate Change Hotspot. It will promote Climate Change Education (CCE) through developing  & testing of traditional & innovative teaching methods, directly engaging educators & pupils in CC issues, in a setting where key competences such as critical thinking, inclusive & collaborative problem solving will be developed as students get more science, climate, and ICT literate towards a climate neutral EU2050.

The Partnership

Project consortium:

MIO-ECSDE through MEdIES (Lead) (GR)
University of Crete (GR)
1st Primary School of Rafina (GR)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport & Youth / Pedagogic Institute (CY)
Pernera Primary School (CY)
Circolo Festambiente (IT)
Istituto Comprensivo Orsino Orsini (IT)
U Marinu-Bastia (FR)
College Montessoro-Bastia (FR)

Associated Partners:

Doukas School (GR) and 1st Primary School of Pyrgos (GR)

Expected outcomes

1. Educational Material

Educational material on Climate Change, both in traditional form, as well as in Augmented Reality format.

2. Capacity building of teachers

A series of online and on-site trainings for teachers are foreseen, in the project’s schools and beyond

3. School interventions

The developed material (both traditional and AR) will be repeatedly tested in the Partner Schools and beyond.

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The project is Co-funded by the Erasmus+programme of the European Union. Ref: 2023-1-EL01-KA220-SCH-000158033