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Network of secondary schools observing CO 2 in the air, The Netherlands www.rug.nl/fwn/school-CO2-net Harro A.J. Meijer, CIO, University of Groningen Project initiated jointly with the Institute for Didactics and Educational Development (IDO).

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Network of secondary schools observing CO2 in the air, The Netherlands

www.rug.nl/fwn/school-CO2-net

Harro A.J. Meijer, CIO, University of Groningen

Project initiated jointly with the

Institute for Didactics and Educational Development (IDO)

Idea: Pupils from secondary schools get hand-on experience with real CO2 measurements: "CO2 is for real!"

Raises their interest for the global climate issues

Raises their interest for science and technology

Well-suited for exam projects


Project Contents:

Selection, purchase and calibration of instrumentation

Development of software

Implementation at schools

Teacher's group -guided by IDO- for development of educational material


Start of the Project: Grant by the Gratama Foundation (July 2005)

Funding for: (1) Instrumentation for three schools

Vaisala "Carbocap" GMP 343 CO2 meter

Davis fully-equipped wireless Meteo-station


(2) Student Assistantship for software development: 2005)

At schools: Automatic measurement and data collection

Automatic data delivery to central database

Central: Web-approachable database containing all data

Extra (as part of their studies Education & Communication):

Development of full web-site for the project by master students


History of the project so far: 2005)

Instruments selected and bought : Autumn 2005

Test run at my home: Christmas 2005


History of the project so far: 2005)

Instruments selected and bought : Autumn 2005

Test run at my home: Christmas 2005

Instruments and basic software delivered at the schools: February 2006

Installation at the schools: April / May 2006


History of the project so far: 2005)

Instruments selected and bought : Autumn 2005

Test run at my home: Christmas 2005

Instruments and basic software delivered at the schools: February 2006

Installation at the schools: April / May 2006 (+ "soon now")

General website ready: June 2006

First data in web database: September-October 2006



Some "mid-term" remarks: 2005)

A school is not a university work group:

Difficulties of all kinds with "basic" technology

Many people involved in a project like this:

Teacher, Technical Education Assistant, ICT person...

Definitely not the highest priority (obviously)

=> Pace is slow, but we are getting there..

Development of Educational material is underway


Growth of the initiative: 2005)

  • Socrates grant for CarboSchools

  • National funding available in principle

  • Surplus costs are ≈ 4500 Euro per school

    BUT:

We need a dedicated employee: Technicalities at the schools

Software and web site maintenance

Leading the educational development

Best would be a teacher for 50% of his/her time

Ph.D. degree in Educational Development would be possible


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