Carbon Nation will be made available to students and teachers across the United States through an online platform. To make students and teachers aware of the program, an outreach campaign will be executed through a partnership with Arizona State University.
Carbon Nation will provide students and teachers an on-line forum to create an open-source curriculum that is based on specific topics highlighted in the Carbon Nation film. This will be made available to any school or student interested and its open-source nature will allow the curriculum to be refined and adjusted to meet the needs of each class and/or student.
Carbon Nation will also engage STEM field corporations to connect curious students with the companies' scientists and engineers via on-line video conferencing. This forum will allow students to ask any pertinent questions to propel them further into STEM studies and careers.
Carbon Nation will post a transcript of the film, with hyperlinks to all cited sources, so students can investigate further into any subject(s) mentioned in the film.
June 2013: Registration for free film opens on website
June 2013: Earned media campaign begins
July/August 2013: Website upgrade/redesign/media content preparation
September 2013: Website goes live
January 2014: Corporate online mentoring forum goes live
July 2013 - May 2016: Social media campaign, search engine optimizing
July 2013 - May 2016: Outreach to NGOs, Companies, Government groups, Faith-based groups
For most or all of their lives, middle and high school students have been continuously frightened by the topic of climate change. News reports, magazine articles, and many of the documentaries on climate change that students are exposed to only serve to validate their fears. The way students are reached has been a missed opportunity to inspire the students towards careers in clean energy and energy efficiency, via science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.
Carbon Nation, a film that presents climate change as a serious but solvable issue, has been screened throughout the United States for the past three years. The screenings offered to middle and high school students have shown great promise as a vehicle for teaching students that there are myriad careers, many in jobs not yet created, that will be part of the solution to climate change. Furthermore, the students are gaining an understanding that attaining STEM skills is a requirement for many of these jobs that will not only be well-paying, but also empower them to make their world a better place.
Carbon Nation welcomes best practice information and knowledge sharing with STEM education organizations to help increase the number of students exposed to the Carbon Nation curriculum. Additionally, media support and financial resources to increase the number of students reached would also be welcomed.
Carbon Nation will make the film available for free to any group to screen as a fundraiser as well as work with the groups showing the film to introduce the curriculum and online platform.