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Séminaire de Olivier GALLAND et Caroline SASSIER

Date : 31 mars 2010, 14h

Titre : The Andean Geotrail : An educational project.

Lieu : Salle de Conférences du CAREN (bât. 14B RDC)

Résumé : The role of Geosciences in our society is of primary importance. Its implications for humanity relate to major challenges such as climate change, managing energy resources, natural hazard mitigation, and water scarcity. Despite these issues being familiar to specialists, this is in general not the case for the public. In a world, where the impact of human activity is beginning to be seen on the environment, knowledge of the Earth and its history is paramount to make informed decisions that will influence our future. The necessity to educate the global population and raise awareness of Geosciences has led UNESCO to designate 2009 the International Year of the Planet Earth. In the framework of the UNESCO International Year of Planet Earth, we performed an educational project in collaboration with primary, secondary and high schools in France and Norway. Geosciences are not usually studied in schools, but this project allowed more than 600 pupils (from 17 schools) aged 8 to 18 years old to share the geological discoveries of our popular science adventure The Andean Geotrail (see Sassier et al., this session). The main educational goal was to promote Geosciences by illustrating in the field what geology is. Our natural laboratory was the spectacular Andean Cordillera. The secondary goal was to promote careers in geology and highlight their variety by allowing the pupils to meet geologists through portraits of geologists. The teachers of the partner schools used our project as a dynamic complement to their theoretical lessons. To set up this partnership, we obtained the support of the pedagogic supervisors of the French Ministry of National Education. The pedagogical project consisted of three steps : (1) Before the expedition (Oct.-Nov. 2008), we visited the pupils of each partner school to present the project, establish personal contact and engage the pupils in our adventure. (2) During The Andean Geotrail itself (Nov. 2008-Aug. 2009), we continuously documented our visits to spectacular geological localities on our website and blog using essays, articles and photographs (http://georouteandine.blogspot.com). In total, over 9 months, we published 74 blogs, 31 geology articles and 9 portraits of geologists. We targeted our work to complement the national pedagogical programs of the secondary and high schools. During the entire Geotrail, students interacted with us on a weekly basis, via our website and blog, asking specific questions about our recent articles. (3) Following the Geotrail (Sept. to Nov. 2009), we will return to the partner schools to evaluate the pedagogical impact of the educational project on the interest of the students in Earth Sciences. This step is an on-going work. The Andean Geotrail is scheduled to appear at the French Science Festival (Nov. 2009, France), during which we will present a popular science exhibition and public workshop.