Swiss glaciers melted by half in less than a century, and their number shrank by one-third in the last 50 years. This kind of news resonates especially with the younger generation, but global warming is a complex phenomenon and it is not always easy to understand its causes and what can be done to prevent it.
This is why Smartest Learning, an Education Technology startup founded in Zurich in 2019, launched on September 1st, 2022 a competition asking students in Switzerland to create the best interactive presentation on the topic of global warming and its impact on the Swiss glaciers.
The goal of this initiative is to tap into the creative potential of committed students and give them the opportunity to pass an important message to other young learners, in a relevant and interesting way.
The competition is open to all students from classes 7 to 12 in Switzerland. Teachers can register their students until September 16th. Students will receive free access to the Smartest platform and work in groups of 3 to 4 to create their interactive presentations. They will have until October 28th, 2022 to submit their proposals.
A jury composed of education and environment experts such as Rahel Tschopp (former teacher and professor at PH Zurich) and Isidore Wallimann (former professor of Sozialpolitik at the Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz) will then evaluate the presentations and award prizes to the best contributions from students from classes 7 to 9, and from students from classes 10 to 12.
So far, 15 schools and 350 students have already registered for the competition. The winners will be announced on DATE.
“Global warming is the greatest challenge of our time and the melting glaciers have become a sad symbol of time running out. Only with a determined and joint counteraction we and the next generations will have a chance. With this competition we would like to make a small contribution to this important topic and encourage students to deal with climate change and sustainability.” says Steve Hinske, Smartest Learning’s CEO.
For more information visit www.smartest.io/de/wettbewerb (only in German).