During the IPY, Austria has carried out numerous projects in the Polar Regions such as Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica. Within these scientific projects numerous schools have been involved by a step-by-step module system. Module - Bridging Science and School - has been established as a first step to interest kids into science. 'Bringing Science into the Classroom' was dedicated to develop new learning units together with kids, teachers and scientists. The latter have been involved substantially in the teaching processes. Pupils are doing research and are conducting experiments in the context of climate change in polar regions and develop their own research studies. These studies are given to the scientists to be carried out under the kids' control. The communication has been held up by emails, weblogs and satellite phone calls. The evaluation of the data has been done together with the schools. A conference called 'KinKong' ('Kinderkongress') was the perfect platform for the schools to present their data in their 'own' conference. Within the focus of polar research the kids also learned to deal with media by performing in various interview and TV-documentations.
University of Innsbruck, University of Innsbruck, University of Vienna, the Austrian weather service ZAMG
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Oslo Science Conference