Climate Champions (Student Guide)
How might we use design to combat climate change and its impacts in our community?
Prepare: Learn about the key ideas in this project
This challenge draws from UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action, which seeks to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Get started by considering the guiding questions below:
- What is climate change?
- What are the impacts of climate change in your community?
- What are the causes of climate change in your community?
- How are other people in your community taking action to combat climate change and its impacts?
- What actions could you take to combat climate change and its impacts in your community?
- How is Goal 13: Climate Action related to other Sustainable Development Goals?
Learn more about Climate Action by exploring resources on climate change:
- The UNDP provides more information about Goal 13: Climate Action and progress made toward Goal 13.
- Explore Our Climate, Our Future, an interactive video series for young people about climate change.
- NASA’s Climate Kids provides games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging.
- Watch short documentary films on climate from Global Oneness Group.
As you explore resources on climate change, you may find that climate change and its impacts relate to other Sustainable Development Goals that you care about. How might these connections inform what you will create for this challenge? The goal is to design something that combats climate change in your community; What you create–whether a campaign or service, a product or device, a simulation, or anything else–is up to you.
Practice: Try as many activities to as you would like to build your skills
Practice a Thinking Routine
- Consider the causes and effects of climate change in your local community by creating a Problem Tree.
- You can also try Parts, Purposes, Complexities and/or Parts, People, Interactions to explore how parts, people, and systems work together.
- Talk to people in your community to understand their experiences, needs, and challenges and how they may be related to climate change. Practice interviewing with the project What Makes You Happy?
- Find data to understand how climate change is directly affecting the environment and people around you using Data Hunting.
What skills do you need to practice to create your solution?
- If you will need to collect new data from your natural environment to create your solution, try Phenomenal Data.
- If you will create media or a campaign, practice storytelling with Moving Pictures, Give it a Shot, The Sound of Story, or Data to Make a Difference.
- If you will build a physical prototype, practice 3D modeling in TinkerCad with Cookie Cutter project.
- If you will create a simulation, try Interactive Imagination.
- If you would like to create a virtual or physical environment, try Redesign a Common Space.
These are just a few suggestions among endless possibilities. Brainstorm what your project could be and gather the necessary resources to help you complete it.
Produce: Dig into the project and make it your own!
Go out and create your project!
The goal of this challenge is to create something that helps combat the impacts of climate change in your community. You may create anything from a campaign or service, to a product or device, a simulation, and much more.
Produced by Digital Promise Global, with thanks to the Open Educational Resources listed throughout this guide. Distributed to Learning Studios schools as part of HP, Inc. and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom.
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