Climate Connection Season
This was our first year doing FLL, and as such was filled with learning experiences and new friends. After getting a group of children who came to us from summer camps that he taught, we decided to start an FLL team. We had too many kids to make just one team, so we split them into 2 team; The Red Devils and The Sonic Hawks. Through much hard work, dedication, and hours upon hours spent we finally had two teams we were very proud of, but little did we know that this was only the beginning...
Climate Connections Project
Weather is the condition of the atmosphere measured in short lengths of time (hours and days). Climate, however, is the average weather over decades and
centuries in a specific location. We can look out our window and see how weather changes every day, but we need data that has been tracked over hundreds of years to understand how the climate may be changing. Climate tracking is important to communities around the world because the information is used to plan, predict, and make decisions on activities like planting crops or hunting and fishing. People also use data to anticipate the impacts of climate on the economy, food and water availability, tourism, disease control, and many environmental issues.
Why is climate important to us? By gaining a greater understanding of the Earth’s complex climate systems, we will be able to work together now and in the
future to develop the innovative solutions that will benefit us all and continue to improve the world in which we live.
Can FLL teams make the necessary Climate Connections?
1.) Research how climate affects your own community. Identify a climate problem in your area, analyze climate data about the problem, and discover what
your community is doing about it. Find another community somewhere in the world with the same issue and identify any solutions they are working on. Discuss the various ways climate impacts your community and your lives. Look at climate data available for your area as it relates to your climate problem. Consider talking with experts who work with or in climate everyday, like climatologists, farmers, foresters, and community leaders. Then find another community in a different geographical area
that is experiencing a similar problem.
Consult the FLL Topic
Guide for additional project resources.
2.) Create an innovative solution based on the information you gathered that could be used on a local or even global level to solve this climate problem or
improve on an existing solution. Consider all the potential solutions to your climate problem and how great an impact you can have. Talk with experts to see what solutions are already being developed or used. Build your climate connections by creating an innovative solution to your chosen climate problem that could be applied in both communities and could be adopted by even more communities who face a similar issue.
3.) Share your research and solution. Once you have researched and developed your solution, get out there and share it! Take what you’ve learned to build awareness of the problem and promote your solution. Show your research and solution and use this project to see just how great an impact you can have on your
community and your world!