The “Inquiry to Student Environmental Action” (I2SEA) project offers curricular tools on environmental topics — especially climate change and ocean acidification — in the context of interaction across borders. The project is a collaboration between research groups at three marine stations and their home institutions:
- The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences —
Kristineberg of the Univeristy of Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University,
in Pacific Grove, CA USA.
- Friday Harbor Labs of the University of Washington,
in Friday Harbor, WA USA.
The I2SEA project has a dual set of goals: to provide engaging resources to teach students about climate change and ocean acidifications, and to empower them to take action to adress these growing, worldwide challenges.
The International Student Carbon Footprint Challenge (ISCFC) is one of the centerpieces of the I2SEA project. It provides a forum for students from all over the world to evaluate, compare and discuss their carbon footprint with their peers.
It allows students to quantify their greenhouse gas emissions, to compare differences between locales, and to foster discussion about the sources of those emissions. It is intended to promote students thinking about meaningful alternatives that students can implement in their own lives.
The ISCFC project expands on our previous efforts with Inquiry-to-Insight (I2I).
…consists of laboratory and field scientists, educators, media programmers and pedagogy experts. We work together to produce outreach tools that take advantage of state of the art science and web media, and then to test the effectiveness of these tools in promoting student understanding of, communication about and actions to address climate change and ocean acidification.
|Prof. David Epel
|Prof. Roger Säljö
|Dr. Sam Dupont
|Dr. Jason Hodin
Media & Content
Fauville G. 2017. Questions as indicators of ocean literacy: Students' online asynchronous discussion with a marine scientist. International Journal of Science Education. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2017.1365184
Lantz-Andersson A, Fauville G, Edstrand E and R Säljö. 2017. Concepts, materiality and emerging cognitive habits: The case of calculating carbon footprints for understanding environmental impact. In: Å. Mäkitalo, TE Nicewonger and M Elam (eds), Designs for digital experimentation and inquiry: Approaching learning and knowing in digital transformation. In review.
Fauville G, Lantz-Andersson A, Mäkitalo Å, Dupont S and R Säljö. 2016. Digital media as cultural tools: Understanding of and responding to climate change. In: O Erstad, S Jakobsdottir, K Kumpulainen, Å Mäkitalo, P Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt and K. Schrøder (eds), Learning Across Contexts in the Knowledge Society. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Edstrand E. 2015. Making the invisible visible: How students make use of carbon footprint calculator in environmental education. Learning, Media and Technology, 41: 416-436.
Fauville G, Lantz-Andersson A, and R Säljö. 2013. ICT tools in environmental education: reviewing two newcomers to schools. Environmental Education Research, DOI:10.1080/13504622.2013.775220
Fauville G, Säljö R, and S Dupont. 2012. Impact of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems: educational challenges and innovations. Marine Biology, 160: 1863-1874.
Fauville G, Hodin J, Dupont S, Miller P, Haws J, Thorndyke M and D Epel. 2011. Virtual ocean acidification laboratory as an efficient educational tool to address climate change issues. In W Leal Filho (ed), The Economic, Social and Political Elements of Climate Change. Berlin: Springer.
Epel D, Vacquier VD, Peeler M, Miller P and C Patton. 2004. Sea urchin gametes in the teaching laboratory: good experiments and good experiences. Methods in Cell Biology 74: 797–823.
Please feel free to contact us by email if you have any questions or comments, or if you would like help and advice to implement I2SEA resources in your classroom.
For more information about I2SEA, the ISCFC program, or to involve your classroom, contact our project manager, Géraldine Fauville, or curriculum coordinator Pam Miller.
For problems with or comments about the website or the Footprint calculator, email our media and content coordinator Jason Hodin.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The project has been generously supported since January 2015 by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.
Additional support and funding has been provided by the California Coastal Commission, the University of Washington Campus Sustainability Fund, Stanford University, the University of Gothenburg, the Wallenberg Global Learning Network (WGLN) — a funding initiative of the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Michael and Patricia O'Neill Charitable Fund, the National Science Foundation and the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford.