Marion C. Moore middle school students are talking with students from different countries about a shared environmental project. UofL professor Mary Brydon Miller, from the College of Education and Human Development, is coordinating the global education effort to bring kids together on climate change.
“Part of what we want our children to understand is that climate change is happening everywhere, but it looks different in different parts of the world,“ Miller said.
Two of Moore teacher Ben Kolb’s science classes interacted with students from South Africa for more than an hour via Skype, asking about each other’s daily lives, the environment in their home countries and their shared project on climate change.
“We’re doing something called The DOT project and it stands for ‘do one thing,’” said Riley Burton, Moore middle school student. “Some of the ideas have been to take shorter showers and don’t use as much water. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, and use less plastic to help save the animals in the oceans.”
Sadie Dickinson, a Marion C. Moore student, was excited when she was able to interact with people from the country where she grew up.
“It was like a little taste of home, honestly. It’s a way to connect with them in a different way,” said Dickinson.
‘We are partnering with our schools here and in other parts of the world to try to bring the research and educational resources of the university out into the community to work together to address climate change,” said Miller.