Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science: Road to Doha
The UN Climate Change Conference, COP 18, is set to take place in Doha, Qatar in 2012. To prepare students for this important event, Qatar Foundation International and Global Nomads Group are launching a year-long collaborative science-based classroom program, The Road to Doha 2012. This program engages students in Qatar, U.S., and Brazil around the climate change debate through exploring critical environmental issues via project-based learning that includes standards-based curriculum, hands-on collaboration, and virtual exchanges. Young people from these countries will explore the science and policy behind climate change and learn about each other’s cultures in the process. Throughout the program, students will be asked to think about the question: “How can you create the future you want for your community and your planet?”
Program Fact Sheet
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* When citing these materials, please include these recommended citations:
Global Nomads Group, “Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science: Road to Doha Educator Handbook,” (2012). www.gng.org.
Global Nomads Group, “Connecting Cultures, Exploring Science: Road to Doha Student Workbook,” (2012). www.gng.org.
• SCHOOL PAIRS- Selected schools are paired off with a partner school from another country. They will work together through the duration of the program.
• TIMEFRAME- Student program activities will occur between late September through mid-April
• EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Facilitated by GNG, the teacher PD will provide participating educators tools and resources to implement the program in the classroom. This includes training on how to effectively integrate program curriculum, best practices for videoconferencing, tutorial of various program activities such as social networking platform, etc. This will occur late August/early September. Exact dates to be determined by school calendar of selected participants.
• PROJECT-BASED CURRICULUM- The standards-based curriculum is designed to support program implementation. In project-based learning, emphasis is placed on student inquiry and investigation through hands-on activities.
• INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCES (IVC)- Through the internet and supporting tech hardware, classrooms connect in real-time for face-to-face dialogue and interaction. Five IVCs will take place during program- approximately every six weeks beginning October. Exact dates are to be determined by school calendars of participating schools.
• WEBCASTS- Webcasts are live-stream internet programs that allows students to learn from a guest expert panel. Students have the opportunity to interact and ask the panel questions through a chat room function moderated by GNG. Three webcasts will take place- two in the fall, one in the spring.
• SOCIAL NETWORKING PLATFORM- A platform will be developed for Road to Doha participants. Students and educators will engage on a social networking platform.
• FINAL COLLABORATIVE PROJECT- As part of the curriculum, student groups will be supported in developing final collaborative projects with their partner schools. This project will be centered around the themes of climate change and will showcase their cumulative knowledge over the course of the program.
In project-based learning, emphasis is placed on student inquiry and investigation through hands-on activities.
A project-based curriculum will be designed in alignment with science standards that will explore five broad modules. These modules are intended to supplement your current in biology, chemistry and environmental science courses and also provide the framework for the virtual collaboration sessions between the students. Each module includes a hands-on activity for students to complete and share their results during the virtual exchanges. The curriculum will be available in English and Arabic. Click here for the curriculum scope and sequence.
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