World Climate for TRIO Professionals

The Geo-Interactive Project and World Climate

The Geo-Interactive Project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is bringing the World Climate simulation to TRIO programs around the US. 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 must negotiate a global agreement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. STEM-rich, with a focus on sustainability and systems thinking, World Climate has been covered in media outlets including Science magazine and the Washington Post. Research about the learning impact of World Climate shows that it is an effective way to motivate science-informed climate action across diverse ages, cultural identities, and even political orientations.

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.

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

  • Critical and strategic thinking skills
  • Effective communication, public speaking and negotiating skills
  • Knowledge of relevant STEM concepts
  • Systems thinking skills to tackle complex problems in a rapidly changing world

While your program supports students in essential skills for navigating college, World Climate allows students to apply these skills in a mock international negotiations setting. Students are asked to publicly present policy and budget proposals that meet time restraints, challenge peers’ proposals and negotiate deals, and advocate for pledges and budgets that suit regional and global climate goals.

The World Climate experience is highly customizable to your program, your educators’ backgrounds, and your students’ needs. While some educators are drawn to World Climate for its STEM alignment, educators with backgrounds in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and the like have also led great experiences with World Climate. Our resources bring the scientific rigor so that you can focus on what will make this experience special for students. The following are some general steps TRIO educators typically take to run the World Climate Simulation in their program:

  1. Get a general overview of World Climate by reviewing the Facilitator Guide and watching How to Facilitate World Climate
  2. Register your interest in bringing World Climate to your classroom and participating in our research. One of our team members will follow up with you to schedule a call if you’d like additional support navigating our resources, and will send you links for pre and post surveys.
  3. While the Facilitator Guide provides a great overview, you can also review the Facilitator Script and the digital and physical materials you will need the day of the event (see below) to prepare for your call.
  4. Speak with a team member about general simulation operations, administering surveys before and after the simulation, concerns about barriers to implementation at your institution, or ideas for innovating and adapting World Climate to fit your program goals.
  5. Run the simulation!

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 simulation learning outcomes
  • Intrinsic motivation to learn more
  • Connections to climate and sustainability initiatives on their home campus

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.

We’d love to support you to bring World Climate into your TRIO Program!  Our team is happy to walk you through the following Facilitator Resources, provide guidance on how to customize the simulation for your specific circumstances, and help answer any questions you may have. Register your interest in bringing World Climate to your classroom here and one of our team members will follow up with you to schedule a call.

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.

Comprehensive Facilitator Resources

Now that you have an idea of how World Climate benefits your program and the process for how our teams can work together, take a look at our Comprehensive Facilitator Resources for TRIO Professionals page to view and download the free, ready-to-use World Climate materials!

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.