The CliC-PoLiT Portuguese national parliament was a success! On April 12th, 14 students from 2 schools presented 15 resolutions aimed at figthing the threat of light pollution in the national CliC-PoLiT parliament. These resolutions covered a wide range of measures, including the creation of new legislation for sustainable lighting practices and urban design, protection of natural habitats, improvement of education and awareness, technology management, and specific lighting practices. Through their collaborative efforts to address the challenges associated with light pollution in their local communities and advocate for environmental protection, the students demonstrated not only their capacity for critical thinking but also their skills as researchers and leaders of change. Looking forward to seeing the positive impact of the resolutions presented!

The implementation of CliC-PoLiT with students is thriving! Between February and May, 189 students from grades 1st to 9th, representing five schools in Portugal, participated in CliC-PoliT sessions. During these sessions, students learned about the threats of light pollution to human health, animals, the environment, and, of course, our beautiful night sky. These sessions provided an engaging opportunity for students to dive into STEAM topics through a hands-on approach, where they learned to use electronics and programming to address light pollution in their school projects. Keep an eye on more exciting news to come!

Between January and May, 28 teachers from 12 schools in Portugal participated in CliC-PoLiT teacher trainings. During the trainings, teachers received instruction on light pollution topics, innovative educational and assessment practices, as well as maker skills such as 3D modeling and printing, laser cutting and engraving, and electronics and programming. The goal of these trainings is to empower teachers to innovate their teaching methods and at the same time to raise awareness and strengthen responsible citizenship regarding the threat of light pollution and its environmental implications. Thanks to the teachers’ full dedication and enthusiasm, the final CliC-PoLiT school projects are already underway with their students. Stay tuned for updates!

In March 2024, at Ellinogermaniki Agogi school in Pallini, Greece, students implemented the CliC PoliT project, focusing on student-led technology education. Middle schoolers used Tinkercad to design road and house lights for a sustainable village model, and then learned to program LED lights using Arduino and Pictoblox. Their objective was to automate lights in darkness and illuminate village house lights when approached. Building on this foundation, they are now planning to 3D-print a miniature village, programming the lighting system to minimize light pollution. This initiative introduces advanced technologies such as 3D printing and emphasizes sustainable design practices, instilling a sense of responsibility for mitigating light pollution. The ongoing CliC PoliT project exemplifies the school’s dedication to preparing students for digital challenges while promoting environmental stewardship.

The 2nd Robotics Competition 2024 for the Open Junior High School Category successfully took place on March 30th in Athens. This event, organized for Upper Primary and Secondary Schools, allowed students and teachers to engage with CliC-PoLiT in an exciting challenge focused on Light Pollution mitigation. The competition fostered interdisciplinary learning and promoted the development of scientific and technological skills through the construction, programming, and manipulation of robotic platforms. Comprehensive supporting materials and tutorials provided in advance ensured participants were well-prepared. Schools from various countries, including a pilot school from Bulgaria, showcased their innovative solutions, making the event a remarkable success in promoting STEM education.

4-8 September 2023

The CliC-PoLiT Summer School will give the possibility to teachers and educators participating in the activities to exchange experiences and practices with their peers. Moreover, teachers can jointly develop hands-on activities, discuss on concepts and skills of Light Pollution monitoring and mitigation towards Urban Sustainability or they can explore inquiry processes and multidisciplinary teaching approaches.

The joint training activities will provide ways for intercultural dialogue on how digital skills and environmental literacy upon real-world phenomena problem-solving can be enhanced in different European educational practices. The event can serve as a preparation means for all participants to train them to the developed hands-on activities so that they can later on implement them in real formal and informal educational environments.

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The CliC-PoLiT project aims to design, implement, and evaluate blended innovative educational approaches and digital tools that provide interactive, experiential, transformative, and real-world learning, towards a specific issue. The overarching goal is to engage students and the society in environmental and climate change activities to raise awareness and strengthen responsible citizenship.

In light of these challenges, incorporating the terms of climate change, urban sustainability and light pollution into the curriculum requires systemic thinking and interdisciplinary approaches, demanding in parallel for pedagogical innovations that provide interactive, experiential, transformative, and real-world learning.

Through the Robotics Competition and the Students Parliament, teachers will be invited to collaborate in a STEAM interdisciplinary model, establishing international alliances with other participating schools. In addition, students will be change agents promoting awareness of the problem, engaging in fruitful dialogue about possible solutions, establishing dialogues with peers, researchers and other relevant stakeholders in the field.

The CliC-PoLiT Summer School is supported by the European School Innovation Academy. Learn more here: https://esia.ea.gr/clic-polit-summer-school/

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