The RESEt project (Research and Education Svalbard Experience www.resetsvalbard.it) is an Italian educational scientific project aimed at fostering interests in geoscience topics in a class of high school students. The project is targeting a class of 20 girls attending a high school (Liceo Filzi, Rovereto. Trento) with a primary focus on disciplines like philosophy and education, rather than STEM.
The project has adopted the method of engaging students in a set of activities distributed over the last three years of their high school cycle.
The most important moment will be an educational scientific expedition at the Svalbard, an archipelago located in the Arctic. The expedition will be entirely organized, planned, and directed by students. In Svalbard, students will visit the main scientific facilities devoted to climate studies, including those of Italian CNR (National Research Council) and they will perform some environmental measurement using data-loggers.
Students are even involved in fundraising activities to raise more than twenty thousand Euros needed to cover their travel expenses. They adopted several methods to reach their goal, like crowdfunding (they manage to raise 6000 euros http://schoolraising.it/progetti/reset-unesperienza-educativa-alle-isole-svalbard-di-viaggio-esplorativo-scientifico/) or like other small economic activities (helping other students with their homework, selling home made cakes, helping wrapping purchases in shops during Christmas, etc.).
The RESEt students have worked very hard on the communications side, too. The website is trilingual and very rich in its contents. Until now, they managed to gain attention from several national media (http://resetsvalbard.altervista.org/project/rassegna-stampa/) and they plan to make a professional film documentary telling the story of the project and the results achieved.
The RESEt project is made in collaboration wit PEI (Polar Educators International http://www.polareducator.org/), which is the world wide community of polar teachers and educators fostering dialogue between educators and researchers.
Article written by: Costantina Cossu, Scientix Deputy Ambassador