Designed to connect hundreds of young people across the globe, The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment provides high school students with a comprehensive understanding of climate change and sustainability. Participants will also gain essential leadership and project planning skills that will enable them to become trailblazers in the fight for climate justice.
Cultural exchange is central to this interactive, virtual program, which is open to eligible high school students, ages 14–19, from anywhere in the world. The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment’s thematic curriculum is a comparative exploration of the fields of environmental sustainability and climate diplomacy from local to national and global scales. The program will delve into how the climate crisis impacts and intersects with social issues like racial inequality, public health, and education, in addition to delivering sessions on leadership development, youth empowerment, and digital citizenship.
Participants in The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment will:
- Deepen their understanding of the intersection of social issues and climate change impacts;
- Gain hands-on experience in environmental sustainability;
- Develop leadership and intercultural communications skills; and
- Build friendships with peers from different countries and cultures.
The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment builds on School for International Training (SIT) and World Learning’s years of experience in sustainable development education and climate change research around the world. A team of experts in the U.S. and abroad will facilitate online experiential learning activities, which will be tailored to accommodate participants with different levels of environmental science and climate change knowledge. Activities will also be adapted to various levels of English-language proficiency.
The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment program runs from March 21 to May 1, 2021. Participants will be expected to dedicate 3–4 hours per week to virtual exchange activities and assignments. Given the vast representation of global time zones on the program, most activities will be conducted on each participant’s own schedule, but there will also be weekly live meetings to connect the cohort. These live meetings will be scheduled to accommodate the majority of participants and recordings will be available for those who cannot join live.
We invite you to check out our past events
- The Experiment Digital Alumni Q&A event from October 27, 2020, including Digital Experimenters from summer 2020.
- The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment information Session recording: Password: Climate2021
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
March 21, 2021 – May 1, 2021
Our Application for The Experiment Digital Climate Change & the Environment is now Closed.
The final application deadline was on February 1, 2021.
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- Be between the ages of 14–19 years old;
- Be currently enrolled in or have not yet completed high school;
- Have basic English language competency;
- Have regular access to the Internet with a computer, tablet, or mobile device;
- Be able to devote 3–4 hours each week to the program;
- Be interested in climate change and the environment;
- Fully complete the application for admission by February 1, 2021;
- Demonstrate motivation to complete the program.
Module 1: Environmental Justice & Leadership Development
Experimenters will develop their understanding of intersectionality of environmental sustainability with various social issues, discover their digital leadership style and develop dialogue skills for critical conversations.
Module 1 Sample Week 1
Monday – Watch Launch Video: Introduction to Environmental Justice
- Start working on Asynchronous activities:
- Icebreaker: Get to Know You Padlet Posts
- Activity 1: Digital Citizenship & Leadership Assessment Reflection
- Activity 2: Environmental Justice Topical Exploration
Saturday – Meet with Dialogue Group
Optional social gathering with Neighborhood
Sunday – Complete Asynchronous activities on Canvas
Module 1 Sample Week 2
Monday – Start working on Asynchronous activities:
- Icebreaker: Sinking Boat Activity
- Activity 1: Identity Map/Power Flower Activity
- Activity 2: Root Causes of Social Issues and Intersectionality Mapping
Tuesday or Wednesday – Attend Synchronous Webinar: Environmental Science and Social Sciences
Saturday – Meet with first Homestay Partner
Optional social gathering with full program
Sunday – Complete Asynchronous activities on Canvas
Module 2: Global and Local Youth Activism for Climate Change
Building on the previous module by introducing the topics of climate diplomacy and place-based learning. Participants will design Community Issues + Assets maps with peers from their region and present them to their fellow participants from around the world. They will continue their leadership and project management curriculum by applying project frameworks through asynchronous activities.
Module 3: Empowerment for a Sustainable Future
Focusing on synthesizing knowledge gained throughout the program and discussing the importance of youth and digital tools in creating social change. Participants will engage in reflective activities and cultural celebrations to close out the program.
- Explore the science of climate change and sustainability, and their impact on social issues.
- Connect with nature and your community through outdoor exploration activities and interviews with local changemakers.
- Identify a global environmental problem (e.g., pollution) and develop solutions through a project based activity that will culminate in a program wide symposium to share innovations
- Identify a global environmental problem (e.g., pollution) and develop solutions through a climate diplomacy simulation.
- Reflect on your learning and growth throughout the program through journaling, drawing, or discussions with your peers.
- Develop a map of community assets and issues to understand what your community needs to take positive steps toward confronting climate change.
- Participate in leadership and teambuilding activities with peers from all over the world.
- Create a social change strategy to address climate impacts by incorporating digital advocacy techniques.
- Share your perspective and hear what others have to say about stereotypes.
- Discuss power dynamics and youth empowerment with peers through virtual dialogue.
- Exchange culture and socialize with peers through three digital homestay experiences.
For more information about the application process in your country, please contact:
Costa Rica – Ana Corrales, Fundación Horizontes; email@example.com
Ecuador – Carola Flor, EIL Ecuador; firstname.lastname@example.org
South Africa – Fadia Toefy, Nangila; email@example.com
South Korea – Better World; firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain – David Rodrigo, AIPC Pandora; email@example.com
If your country is not listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This program is fully funded for all participants. The Experiment Digital Climate Change & The Environment is privately funded by our generous donors.