Education at the Institute

Overview

The Global CCS Institute is committed to ensuring the global community has access to factual, easy-to-Child learning about carbonunderstand information, education and outreach resources that explain the important role carbon capture and storage (CCS) has to play in mitigating the harmful effects of climate change and providing energy security.

Together with Australia’s leading science organisation, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), we've created a suite of primary and secondary school resources – 'Introduction to carbon capture and storage'. In Australia, the CCS resources are a part of the CSIRO's low-emission technology series, CarbonKids. The CarbonKids program, which includes education resources on climate change, sustainability and energy technology, is delivered in more than 255 Australian schools.

We're now working on 'Energy in a Low-Carbon Future' education resources, focusing on the wider energy and climate change context for CCS. And we are collaborating with a variety of international education providers and governments to support the adaption of education materials to local contexts.

Browse below to access our resources and to learn more about our creative and inspiring international education and outreach initiatives.

With the help of some of our CarbonKids schools in Australia the Global CCS Institute has put a climate change twist on two classic games. Check out our ‘Climate Change Snakes and Ladders’ and ‘Carbon Cards’ games – fun and simple activities to help recap student learning, and for an extra challenge download the ‘Do It Yourself’ versions to allow students to customise their own games.

Resources

Carbon Capture and Storage Educational Resources Evaluation Summary
Date Published: 13 Aug 2012

In July 2011, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) conducted a review and analysis of a variety of carbon capture and storage (CCS)...

Carbon Capture and Storage Educational Resources Evaluation Summary
Date Published: 13 Aug 2012

In July 2011, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) conducted a review and analysis of a variety of carbon capture and storage (CCS)...

Games

Snakes and Ladders

A board game challenge to be the first to reduce your CO2 emissions by avoiding the ‘snakes’ that represent actions that are harmful to the environment, and landing on ‘ladders’ that represent actions that benefit the environment. Try the Institute version, then customise your own game with actions that you are taking or avoiding to help improve your own environment with our Do It Yourself Board Game.

Carbon Cards

A card game for pairs or groups, that challenges students to remember the meanings of new climate change and low-carbon technology vocabulary. The game is played to the rules of ‘Happy Families’ with students looking to swap and trade cards to make up complete sets of four. The first student to get rid of all their Carbon Cards wins. The Institute version cards all contain beautifully drawn graphics from CarbonKids schools across Australia, for an extra challenge, students can use the DIY cards and design their own graphics.

Got an idea for a game or experiment?  Email us your suggestions, the best ideas will be featured on the Education at the Institute site.

Going Global

Engaging local communities in Hontomin, Spain

CIUDEN or Fundación Ciudad de la Energía – Spain's publicly funded energy research foundation – is leading an innovative CO2 storage project in Hontomin, North West Spain.

Daniel Fernandez-Poulussen, Geologist and Community Relationship Manager for the CIUDEN's Hontomin CO2 Storage Program, shares the secrets of their successful partnership with Hontomin's Council with us.

Regina reveals its resources

Six dedicated teachers from Regina, Canada, have worked with maths and science Education Consultant Donna Ell to integrate teaching about CCS into the Regina Catholic School curriculum.

Videos

Watch how teachers and kids are using our resources.

CarbonKids Slideshow

A series of images from the CarbonKids CCS launch event. Click the image below to open the slideshow.

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Blog Posts

Excellence in education for sustainable development
26 May 2014 | Kirsty Anderson

A Saskatchewan teaching team has been recognized as an ‘example of excellence’ for carbon capture and storage (CCS) education this month by the Saskatchewan Regional Centre...

Reaching Out on CCS, an ENGO perspective
24 Mar 2014 | Chris Smith

How important is public engagement to carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects? According to participants at a February 26 Education Outreach Workshop at the Canadian...

A day in the life of a Carbon atom - a CCS story to lift your spirits this holiday season!
21 Dec 2012 | Kirsty Anderson

I'm often asked to discuss the key challenges involved in engaging people on the subject of carbon capture and storage. Of late, two issues have been vying for first...

Educate, educate, educate
16 Aug 2012 | Ynke Feenstra

In a previous post I wrote about the global call for more information and education on energy, climate change and CO2. Even though industry, researchers and governments...