The CO2degrees Education Challenge

Organisation: SaskPower

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an important part of the transition to a low-carbon economy. The launch of SaskPower's Boundary Dam project marks a major milestone – for the first time the carbon emissions from commercial coal-fired electricity generation will be separated, captured and stored underground. The CO2degrees Education Challenge is bringing the latest developments in this critical field to classrooms, science centres and communities across the globe.

Our changing climate is prompting us all to live more sustainably and reduce our carbon footprint. This applies to industries and power plants that produce large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2)and who are working hard to develop technologies and methods to reduce the CO2 they release into the atmosphere. These technologies can be complex and hard to explain to a non-scientific community.

In classrooms, science centres and communities across the globe, students are getting creative with CO2 as part of the CO2degrees Education Challenge. The program recognises the need to improve understanding of the critical issues impacting our climate and challenges students around the world to LEARN, TEST and SHARE all that they have been learning about CO2, climate change and low-carbon technologies in the most engaging ways possible!

We invite responses from challengers around the world, which can be submitted through a secure site where schools and community groups can upload their work, but also share ideas, questions and activity suggestions with other groups around the globe and the subject experts that help contribute to the site. Stand-out responses will then be showcased on the the CO2degrees site, and available to view.

The Challenge events started in Australia in 2012, when eight Western Australian CarbonKids schools showcased their science communication projects at Australia’s National CCS Conference. Now, in anticipation of the launch of the world’s first carbon capture and storage (CCS) project on a coal-fired power station (the Boundary Dam Project in Saskatchewan, Canada) the Challenge has gone global!

Over the last few months students from Norway, the US, Spain, the UK, Japan and Australia have all been field testing experiments and activities, the best of which have been caught on camera and will be used as live instructions for Canadian students who will take part in the SaskPower Low-Carbon Energy and CCS Workshop on Mon 29 Sept.

Want a sneak peak of some of the activities? Take a look at our CO2degrees YouTube Channel and make CO2degrees a regular stop as we will be updating you with all the latest educational fun from around the globe!

Think you could do better? Do you have a great idea that you are bursting to share? Contact us to find out more about getting your group involved in the CO2degrees Education Challenge!