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24. Mai 2021

ESA resources to boost climate education

New school teaching resources use climate change and satellites

A new set of school learning resources using Earth orbiting satellites are available to teachers wanting to encourage the next generation of climate pioneers.

Developed as part of the ESA's Climate Change Initiative, the series of 6 lesson plans use the context of climate change to support teaching across Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at both primary and secondary school level and add to ESA’s portfolio of space-powered climate learning materials

The resources aim to raise awareness of planetary changes taking place, while highlighting the role satellites play in understanding environmental change on the run up to COP26, the United Nations climate change talks to be hosted in Glasgow, UK this November.

Each teaching pack contain a comprehensive teacher guide and student worksheets that explore the major aspects of the climate system – including the rapid changes taking place across the Arctic and rising sea levels - and the satellite technologies used to 'take the pulse of the planet'.

Explore the Climate from Space

Lessons include practical experiments but uniquely, they are complemented with an app that gives teachers and students the opportunity to visualise and explore how key aspects of the planet's climate are changing via ESA's Climate from Space web app.

Climate from Space app - explore changes over 40 years of satellite observation.

The free online app can be accessed via computer, tablet or mobile. Using interactive 3D globes and maps students have easy access to the global satellite data that are used by scientists and governments to understand and anticipate climate change, then apply learning in the classroom via experiments, quizzes discussions and other activities.

Climate change education

ESA’s classroom materials have been included as are part of the Climate Change Educational Partnership, (CCEP) an initiative that brings together people working in education, research, science, technology, engineering and maths to develop climate education resources that are based on scientific evidence.

Initiated by educational body STEM Learning, the partnership involves several other organisations that are committed to tackling climate change, including the Met Office, the Royal Society, Research Councils UK, the Grantham Institute and the UK Space Agency.

The school-focussed climate resource will be translated into German, French, Spanish and Dutch later this year.

The CCEP includes other climate learning activities from ESA including its Climate Detectives school project, which challenges pupils to investigate climate issues and propose ways to monitor or mitigate them. The project is implemented by the UK space education office (ESERO-UK) and funded by ESA and the UK Space Agency.

Download ESA Climate Education Resource Packs

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The water cycle – The effect of global warming on flood and drought

Country Under Threat - the role of global warming in sea level rise

A passage opens – The threat of melting sea-ice due to global warming

Taking the pulse of the planet – How satellite data helps our understanding climate change

Biodiversity and habitat loss – How climate change is causing biodiversity and habitat loss