Innovate to Mitigate (2015)


The project is researching student learning in a challenge for young people aged 13-18 that calls for mitigation of atmospheric greenhouse gases. The learning environment crosses the informal/formal educational boundary as students work in teams in and out of the classroom. Adding to the “ecosystem” of formal schooling, the project aims to provide evidence of how and what students learn from participation in such science competitions. In a pilot, teams of middle and high school students collaborated on projects that improved the efficiency of biochar creation, developed prototype “green roofs” for buses, and investigated ways to sequester oceanic carbon (see final presentations at Interviews reveal that student teams self-organized to divide tasks, remained engaged and committed over months of project work, and used teachers, mentors, the project website and resources on the web to support their work. In the current second round, innovators have submitted 103 creative ideas for climate mitigation, half of which have qualified to submit a video and poster for judging in early summer 2015.

NSF Award: 1316225


This discussion took place during the TERC Video Showcase Event Nov. 14-21, 2023. Discussion is now closed.
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Gillian Puttick
Gillian Puttick
November 13, 2023 2:37 pm
Welcome to an older video about the Innovate to Mitigate project. We have a more recent video in the showcase and suggest you visit there for the discussion. Here’s the link:
Traci Higgins
Traci Higgins
November 14, 2023 10:46 am
This is such a 21st Century approach to learning! And I love the video! This is what learning and innovating look like today and in the real world. I am curious about the current directions your work is taking and whether you continue to host some of these competitions. I am also wondering about the variety of ways the innovate to mitigate challenges might be taken up by teachers. Did you hear from teachers that wove these challenges into their classroom work?