The European Green Deal aims to combat climate change and achieve no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Sustainable mobility and climate change education initiatives are deemed essential to achieving this goal, as well as closing the gap between emission reduction goals and actual actions taken. The Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy is introduced to decrease transport-related emissions by 90%, while climate change education should be integrated into primary and secondary education. A survey shows that climate education should be part of the curriculum, but teachers lack knowledge and expertise. SMILE aims to build teachers’ capacity to implement hands-on activities on climate change, sustainable mobility, and STEAM education to increase awareness of these topics.
The project has five general objectives:
- Design a methodology to train primary and secondary teachers to implement activities on climate change and STEAM education and engage students on sustainable mobility and climate change issues.
- Develop innovative pedagogical material and resources for teachers and students to promote climate change awareness for sustainable mobility, aligned with the GreenComp.
- Improve students’ creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and STEM competencies.
- Raise awareness about the significance of using sustainable mobility to primary and secondary school students.
- Raise awareness about the importance of climate change education to primary and secondary school teachers, educational leaders, and other key stakeholders.
All of these objectives are related to the project’s priorities, which include the environment and fighting climate change, developing key competences of students and teachers, and promoting interest in the STEAM approach.
The main SMILE results and outcomes are:
- E-Guide for Teachers providing guidelines for climate change education
- E-learning space and blended modules for teachers
- Training Curriculum
- Digital Escape Rooms
- Animation videos on climate change and sustainable mobility
- At least 500 students and 120 teachers participating in SMILE implementation activities
- A Teacher’s Training event
- 5 SMILE dissemination events with 150 participants
- At least 10,000 stakeholders informed about climate change education and sustainable mobility
- UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN
- RIGHTCHALLENGE ASSOCIATION
For further information, please visit: https://www.thesmileproject.eu/