Grants

Grants

The National Executive of the Australian Association of Environmental Education offers World Environment Day Grant for its members across its Australian Branches and Chapters.

The AAEE Executive allocates funds for the development of resources, products or activities that will:

  1. help achieve its mission;
  2. be nationally relevant and provide value to members, chapters/branches;
  3. help increase membership for specific educator groups; and
  4. potentially be a saleable product or income generating activities or events.

We are unable to offer a grant for WED in 2020 but hope to bring this to our members in 2021.

Recipients

On behalf of the AAEE Executive we would like to congratulate the following projects on receiving funding support for their World Environment Day applications!

These grants were created to help AAEE realise part of its strategic plan to leverage the knowledge and expertise of our members.

Exploring Fungi

Exploring Fungi is a fascinating and engaging unit offering multiple outdoor, hands-on learning opportunities, including looking for fungi in the field, conducting a mushroom growing experiment, identifying fungi types, setting up a fungi garden and integrating sketching and photography as research tools.   Through this inquiry into the Kingdom of Fungi, students will be exposed to exciting Sustainability Systems and Futures, knowledge and understanding. The emphasis is on beneficial fungi and their roles in ecosystems. Wonderful resources and teacher background notes have been developed to support the delivery of this exciting content to your students. With thanks for generously sharing resources: Queensland Mycological Society, North American Mycological Association, British Mycological Association. This FREE unit of work was funded can be found on AAEE website here or through the Sustainability in Schools website which is managed by AAEE as an EfS portal for teachers, at this link here.

There Is No Such Place As Away

This children’s book is a powerful and transformative teaching tool that introduces children to the concept of material cycles on Earth, including through human society. It uses a fun and personalized approach to developing an understanding of, habit of mind and the skills to analyse the life cycle of products. It’s delivery and tone encourages and develops curiosity for investigating where something comes from, where it goes and what happens to it along the way. The book is accompanied by curriculum aligned resources and extension activities and can be purchased from this website link here.

Stand Up for Your Future/Climate: Youth activism is education

The teaching and learning sequence scaffold lower secondary and upper primary students in classrooms or other learning groups such as Scouts Australia or school clubs, through a reflective process where they explore local sustainability issues at their personal, family, community, municipal and state government levels.  Young people start by exploring the need for action around important environmental issues. this includes elaborating on historical examples of action leading to change as well as action not leading to change.  The complexity of sustainability issues are highlighted and explored.  This resource can be found on the Sustainability in Schools website which is managed by AAEE as an EfS portal for teachers, at this link here.

My Climate Change Footprint

Co-­Designing a Climate Change App with Young People, Educators and Community.

As part of the NSW Environmental Trust Grant ‘Climate Change and Me’ (2014-­2017) a basic web-­based climate change personality profiler was co-­designed with children and young people. The web application has been highly successful with over 5,000 uses to date particularly in NSW and across Australia. In this project it proposed to extend this early work by co-­designing a climate change app revealing a person’s climate change personality, footprint and suggested actions. There are few quality climate change education app resources making this project timely and highly novel in supporting environmental educators in climate change education.

Pictured is Aoi which is one of the profiles for the first web version of the CC+Me profiler.