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The Franklin Institute is participating in or leading projects which seek to provide learners of all ages with a stronger understanding of climate science and climate change. Through its programs, the Institute hopes to help citizens live more sustainable lives.
CCEP-I: Climate & Urban Systems Partnership
Led by The Franklin Institute, the partners in this project will establish local networks within four urban centersPhiladelphia, Pittsburgh, Queens, NY, and Washington, DCforging links with informal and formal education partners, community groups, city government, and policymakers. Together, this network will create and disseminate learner-focused climate education programs and resources for urban audiences. It is the vision of the CUSP to create an infrastructure of lasting collaborations to improve public understanding of and engagement with the science of climate change. The audiences targeted by this project are those within the urban environments of the core network cities.
Communicating Climate Change (C3)
The Franklin Institute is proud to work with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), and their project: Communicating Climate Change. The project focuses on identifying local indicators of climate change.
CLICK HERE for slides related to the C3 project.
CLICK HERE for the C3 project flyer.
CLICK HERE for the Carbon Convention show script.
Bird Migration: A Local Indicator of Climate Change - A Youth Citizen Science Project
As part of its participation in the C3 project, The Franklin Institute has developed a citizen science project for students in grades 6-8.
CLICK HERE for the curriculum.
CLICK HERE for the associated presentation.
CLICK HERE for Ocean Acidification & Impacts on Coral video
CLICK HERE for Shifts in the Jet Stream video
CLICK HERE for Bird Behavior video
CLICK HERE for Frog Calling video
CLICK HERE for Health of Trees in Western U.S. video
Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science
The Franklin Institute's Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS) program focuses on providing science enrichment, career development, cross-age mentoring, and leadership opportunities for diverse middle and high school students in the Greater Philadelphia region. The PACTS kids have recorded local bird activity to watch for changes in migratory patterns.
The Franklin Insitute hosts an annual Earth Fair which showcases local community resources for learning about climate science and for making sustainable lifestyle decisions. CLICK HERE for pictures from previous Earth Fairs.
Communities of Learning for Urban Environments and Science (CLUES)
The Franklin Institute is a partner in this 5-year program that focuses on teaching environmental science to families in communities of the Philadelphia-Camden region. It is a collaboration between the New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and ten Community Based Organizations (CBOs). CLUES will train community members to run hands-on science workshops for families in the community sites.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0813135. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.