World Climate for TRIO Professionals

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The Geo-Interactive Project and World Climate

The Geo-Interactive Project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is bringing the World Climate simulation, sustainability, and systems thinking to TRIO programs around the US. A core component of the Project, World Climate is a fun, easy-to-use, interactive simulation that places TRIO students in the role of international delegates at the United Nations who are charged with negotiating a global agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. World Climate has been covered in media outlets including Science magazine and the Washington Post

The Geo-Interactive Project supports many TRIO objectives by developing participants'

  • Critical and strategic thinking skills
  • Systems thinking skills
  • Effective communication, public speaking and negotiating skills
  • Knowledge of relevant STEM concepts.

Watch the short World Climate overview video below to learn more:

For a deeper dive, watch this 60 minute webinar that provides an in-depth tour of the World Climate simulation and all the support resources we have available to you.

By participating in the Geo-Interactive Project and our NSF-funded educational research effort, TRIO programs can also benefit by obtaining data about factors known to contribute to student success, such as:

  • Engagement with STEM-rich content
  • Measurable workshop learning outcomes
  • Intrinsic motivation to learn more
  • Connections to climate and sustainability initiatives on their home campus.

As our research unfolds, we are happy to share our data and research results with your program.

If you would like to be a part of this educational research effort, let us know by using the form below and we will provide you with online or paper surveys that are easy to implement.  


Mini-Grants Available to Help You Implement and Join our Project

We are inviting TRIO Student Support Services programs to apply for $500 Mini-Grants available to support you to implement the Geo-Interactive World Climate workshop, provided you are able to participate in a more robust data collection effort and meet a few base eligibility requirements. Find out more and apply for our $500 Mini-Grants here.

 

How can I bring World Climate to my TRIO Program?

We'd love to support you to bring World Climate into your TRIO Program!  Our team is happy to walk you through the Facilitator Resources, provide guidance on how to customize the simulation for your specific circumstances, and help answer any questions you may have.  

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Facilitator Resources:

In this section you'll find all the resources you need to run World Climate in your TRIO program.

NOTE: Please fill out the Interest Form above before running World Climate in your community.  This is important for helping us track adoption of the resource and learn how we can better support educators.  

If you would like, you can download all supporting resources at once as a zipped folder here.  You will also need the C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator. You can also view and download each individual resource by clicking on the links below.

  • Facilitator Guide - This should be your first stop once you've decided to run World Climate. This short guide will get you fully oriented to the simulation with information on the basic logistics (how much time is required to run the activity, what materials you'll need, how to set up the room etc.) as well facilitator tips, add-ons and support resources.
  • Facilitator Script - To make facilitating the simulation as easy as possible, we've included a slide-by-slide script you can follow.
  • Simulation Slide Deck - This slide deck has all the visuals you need to run World Climate with presenter notes that match the Facilitator Script and with the Facilitator Support Videos embedded. 
  • C-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator - This scientifically rigorous, award-winning policy simulator is used to evaluate the impacts of participants key decisions at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • 6 Region Version Simulation Materials:
    • Briefing Statements - Download these Briefing Statements if you are running the 6-Region Version of World Climate (perfect for groups of 18 or greater). In this version, the negotiating parties are the United States, European Union, Other Developed Nations, China, India and Other Developing Nations. This download also includes Briefing Statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
    • Table Cards - These pre-made Table Cards can be printed and put around the room to give each negotiating party a homebase. 
    • Pledge Submission Form - This is the form that each negotiating block submits at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • 3 Region Version Simulation Materials:
    • Briefing Statements - Download these Briefing Statements if you are running the 3-Region Version of World Climate (perfect for smaller groups).  In this version, the negotiating parties are the Developed Nations (United States, European Union, etc), Developing A Nations (rapidly developing nations like China & Brazil) and Developing B Nations (the least developed nations). This download also includes Briefing Statements for the optional negotiating parties: US Cities & States, Climate Activists & the Fossil Fuel Industry.
    • Table Cards - These pre-made Table Cards can be printed and put around the room to give each negotiating party a homebase.
    • Pledge Submission Form - This is the form that each negotiating block submits at the end of each round of negotiations.
  • Action Steps Handout - This handout is used at the end of the Simulation to prompt students to think about next steps they can take to learn more & get involved in solutions.
    • Campus Based Resources & Opportunities Handout - (OPTIONAL) - This template can be used if you would like to provide participants with a list of campus-based or local academic and career resources as well as opportunities to get involved and take action.

Thank you so much!

We look forward to supporting you to incorporate World Climate into your TRIO program.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us at climate_change@uml.edu.