School Programme (2012-13)                             www.earthwatch.org.hk
ClimateWatch School Programme•   Supported by the British Council•   To be launched in academic year 2012-13Objective•   T...
School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013)         Join our Introduction Session for Teachers         Date:              201...
School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013)      Benefits to Students                          Benefits to Teachers •   Parti...
School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013) How it works? Date                           Activity 2012 late August and Octobe...
School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013)Environmental field trip    Plant classification module   SBA tasks on Ecology for...
What is ClimateWatch?• Climate change triggers life cycle changes of plants and  animals such as breeding cycles, establis...
How ClimateWatch works?                1 ClimateWatch Science Advisory Panel                   confirms scientific methodo...
How ClimateWatch works?   2   Earthwatch develops ClimateWatch trails               where indicative species can be observ...
How ClimateWatch works?3   Participants visit ClimateWatch trails to get to know various indicative    species and how the...
How ClimateWatch works?5   Data will be shared with scientists and academics for analysis.    In the long term, research r...
The Story so far…•   ClimateWatch was first introduced by Earthwatch in Australia•   Launched in 2009 by the country’s dep...
About Earthwatch Institute• International non-profit environmental  organization• Engages people in scientific field resea...
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ClimateWatch School Programme

  1. 1. School Programme (2012-13) www.earthwatch.org.hk
  2. 2. ClimateWatch School Programme• Supported by the British Council• To be launched in academic year 2012-13Objective• To partner with local secondary schools on data collection for global climate change research with the use of mobile technology• To encourage climate change education with relevance to the NSS curriculum• To provide scientific research experience to local secondary school students• To offer professional development opportunities for teachers on field experiential learningTarget group• Local secondary school teachers (priority will be given to teachers teaching Biology, Geography, Science and Climate/Environmental related subjects) www.earthwatch.org.hk
  3. 3. School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013) Join our Introduction Session for Teachers Date: 2012 August 27 (Monday) Time: 5-7pm Venue: 14/F Breakthrough Centre, 191 Woo Sung Street, Jordan, Kowloon Language: Cantonese supplemented with English Max capacity: 20 persons In this session, we will introduce the ClimateWatch school programme, explain how schools can participate, and what kind of support Earthwatch Institute can provide. The session will be wrapped up with a ClimateWatch Tree Hunt Challenge in the nearby Kowloon Park, where teachers can try using their smartphones to record observations of indicative species. Participation is Free of charge. Registration or enquiries: Ms Adele Chiu at 28381114 or email achiu@earthwatch.org.hk. www.earthwatch.org.hk
  4. 4. School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013) Benefits to Students Benefits to Teachers • Participation in global climate change • Lesson materials and experience research sharing through the ClimateWatch Teachers’ Network • Add value to their classroom learning and SBA projects by collecting • Participation in one of Earthwatch’s meaningful data local research expeditions and various seminars with scientists • Gain scientific research experience - selected teams can present their • Gain access to ClimateWatch data and research findings at a mini conference resources, great for inquiry-based in HK learning and hands on data analysis www.earthwatch.org.hk
  5. 5. School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013) How it works? Date Activity 2012 late August and October Introduction session on ClimateWatch for interested teachers 2012 August – November Participating teachers develop ClimateWatch themed lesson materials/activities with support from Earthwatch 2012 September – 2013 March Professional development opportunities for participating teachers: seminars with scientists, guided tours, excursion experience, etc. 2012 September – 2013 April Participating teachers to pilot lesson materials with students 2013 April - May Mini conference for selected student teams to present their findings 2013 May - June Sharing session for all participating teachers on experience piloting their lesson materials 2013 July onwards Pilot lesson sample and resources showcased on the ClimateWatch website; Programme opens to a wider school network for academic year 2013-14 www.earthwatch.org.hk
  6. 6. School Programme (Sept 2012 – June 2013)Environmental field trip Plant classification module SBA tasks on Ecology for experience for Junior Science Class Biology studentsCreating ClimateWatch Extra-curriculartrail in school campus activities for Biology Variety of Club students ClimateWatch themed materials/activities Geospatial analysis Any other suggestions of data for relevant to the NSS Geography students curriculum www.earthwatch.org.hk
  7. 7. What is ClimateWatch?• Climate change triggers life cycle changes of plants and animals such as breeding cycles, established flowering times and migration movements with potentially severe consequences• The United Nations has identified this large scale data gathering as a high priority to understand, predict and minimise the effects of climate change• ClimateWatch is based on the Citizen Science model which enables the general public to be involved in collecting and recording such data that will help shape our scientific response to climate change. www.earthwatch.org.hk
  8. 8. How ClimateWatch works? 1 ClimateWatch Science Advisory Panel confirms scientific methodology and selects Indicative Species for public to observe www.earthwatch.org.hk
  9. 9. How ClimateWatch works? 2 Earthwatch develops ClimateWatch trails where indicative species can be observed and monitored www.earthwatch.org.hk
  10. 10. How ClimateWatch works?3 Participants visit ClimateWatch trails to get to know various indicative species and how they are affected by climate change 4 Participants record observations on the ClimateWatch mobile website - access to resources like interactive trail maps and field guides - submit observations by answering a few simple multiple choice questions on species behavior www.earthwatch.org.hk
  11. 11. How ClimateWatch works?5 Data will be shared with scientists and academics for analysis. In the long term, research results will be peer-reviewed and published, contributing to policy and decision-making around climate change and conservation management. Science Advisory Panel The ClimateWatch initiative was first established by Earthwatch in 2009, with the support from a Science Advisory Panel comprised of senior climate change biologists including contributors to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Science Advisory Panel in Hong Kong & China includes: - Prof Chen Xiao-qiu (Peking University, ISB Phenology Commission) - Dr Melissa Hart (ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, The University of New South Wales) - Dr Kequan Pei (Earthwatch Institute) - Dr Andy Donnelly (Earthwatch Institute) www.earthwatch.org.hk
  12. 12. The Story so far…• ClimateWatch was first introduced by Earthwatch in Australia• Launched in 2009 by the country’s deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard• Successfully mobilised people in Australia to observe and record data online• New trail recently developed at the Federal Parliamentary precinct in Canberra with members of parliament signing up as ClimateWatchers Program Partners: Learn more at www.climatewatch.org.au www.earthwatch.org.hk
  13. 13. About Earthwatch Institute• International non-profit environmental organization• Engages people in scientific field research and education• Currently manages over 50 field projects in 40 different countries• Supports research in four key areas: climate change, ecosystems, oceans and cultural heritage• Founded in Boston, USA in 1971, with offices in the USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and field offices in India, Brazil, China, Costa Rica and Kenya More info: www.earthwatch.org www.earthwatch.org.hk

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