CLEAN Teleconference Call May 27, 2014

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Climate Education in a Age of Media (CAM) Project

Abstract: The CAM Project has developed a set of tools to make it easy to bring student media production into your climate change education work - whether you are working with middle school students or graduate students. We've found these tools to be a great way to engage students in climate change science and to empower them to add their voices to the societal discourse by learning how to 'write' in the language of video - an increasingly dominant form of communication. We are eager to share the CAM approach with other educators.

Here's a quote from Brian Stilwell, Associate Program Director of the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) on the CAM Approach:

"The CAM framework and website have been powerful tools for activating our students and helping them make their voices heard through smart, effective media production. The website is easy to use and the resources provided ensure you are able to develop a high quality experience for your participants. However, even more key, the CAM framework helps high school students develop a robust understanding of the climate change situation, while fostering a deep connection to fostering climate solutions... we've seen inspiring results." 

Bio: Juliette Rooney-Varga is Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and Associate Professor of Environmental Biology. Her microbial ecology research has spanned diverse topics related to carbon cycling, climate change, and energy; from feedback loops in microbial production of methane in the Arctic and the climate system, to harnessing electricity produced by anaerobic microorganisms in soil. 

She is currently leading the NASA-funded CAM (Climate Education in an Age of Media) Project that puts the tools of media-making into the hands of students, in order to engage them with climate change science and empower them to add their own voices to the societal discourse about an issue that will impact younger generations significantly. She is also working closely with Climate Interactive, an organization that is at the forefront of creating decision-support simulations around climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy. With support from the National Science Foundation, Rooney-Varga's group and Climate Interactive are bringing decision-support simulations into immersive role-playing exercises that enable students, citizens, and decision-makers to come to their own insights, grounded in current scientific understanding, about the impacts of national and regional climate and energy choices and policies.

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