81. “With these actions you can improve the world”: Empowering students with innovative learning resources for climate change and OA education

Jason Hodin (1), Geraldine Fauville (2), Pamela Miller (3), David Epel (3), Roger Säljö (2) and Sam Dupont (4)*

1 Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA USA
2 Department of Education, Communication and Learning, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden
3 Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA USA
4 Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden

The I2SEA project (Inquiry to Student Environmental Action at i2sea.stanford.edu) is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Stanford University, promoting climate and ocean literacy in young people. We do so by producing and disseminating a learning resources toolbox including free-to-use, quality hands-on and computer-based learning resources that: inform about climate change and ocean acidification; provide platforms for students to discuss the issues and possible solutions with classmates, experts and peers worldwide; and support personal, school-wide and community actions that put their envisioned solutions into practice.
The toolbox includes:
*two virtual laboratories on ocean acidification, in which students learn about the problem, design and run experiments, gather realistic data, analyse it and discuss it with classmates;
*an interactive presentation (with additional ones planned) from project co-PI and OA expert Sam Dupont expands on the virtual labs to consider broader biological, cultural and economic implications of OA and climate change;
*our international student carbon footprint calculator, extensively documented and focused on aspects of a students’ lifestyle that she has control over;
*our communication platform, where students engage in conversations with their peers worldwide tp envision solutions to global environmental challenges.
In our presentation, we will introduce our tools for attendees and discuss plans for upgraded versions and additional tools to be produced in the coming years. We encourage attendees to share our website with classrooms around the world.