Summary of the NSF Design and Discovery Forum: Climate Science, Children, and the Media

May, 2022
IDA document: D-33104
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents
Lisa M. Van Pay, Rina L. Zhang, Matthew A. Ishimaru See more authors
The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources engaged the Science and Technology Policy Institute to assist in developing the Climate Science, Children, and the Media forum to stimulate a national conversation on the topic of climate science education for children ages 5–11. As communities work to adapt to ongoing changes and mitigate future effects of climate change, there is a growing need to understand how to best communicate these concepts to young learners and inspire the next generation of scientists. Overarching goals for the forum were to: bring together members of the scientific community, industry, government, education, and philanthropy to share knowledge and strategies to create and distribute content that is scientifically accurate, entertaining, and effective at inspiring public thinking and understanding about climate change; highlight the challenges and opportunities involved in creating compelling stories that consider the lived experiences, preferences, and values of children and families most impacted by climate change; and inspire cross-sector partnerships that sustain these activities beyond the forum.